Official: Bowden announces retirement

After coaching at Florida State University for 34 seasons, longtime head coach Bobby Bodwen announced that he will retire. The announcement came Tuesday afternoon after Coach Bowden met with his team to inform them of his decision.

This season, Bobby Bowden's 34th at Florida State University will be his last. Coach Bowden announced Tuesday afternoon via press release from the university that he has decided retirement from the head coaching position was his best option.

"The bowl game will be my last game as head coach at Florida State," Bowden said in a press release. "It's been a great 34 seasons."

"Bobby Bowden, in many ways, became the face of Florida State," said president T.K. Wetherell. It was his sterling personality and character that personified this university. And because his influence was so powerful, we were able to advance far beyond what many dreamed.

Coach Bowden arrived at Florida State in 1976 and turned what was a dismal football program into a national powerhouse.

Just 11 years after his arrival Bowden was responsible for what will always be remembered as the greatest dynasty in college football history.

From 1987-2000, Bobby Bowden's Seminoles went on an unprecedented run of 14 consecutive seasons finishing in to top 5 of the AP top 25 poll. No team has come close to matching that mark and no team likely ever will.

In addition to his run of top five finishes, Coach Bowden engineered two national championship teams. In 1993 Florida State won their first national championship under Coach Bowden. In 1999, Bowden led the Seminoles to a perfect season and the first ever wire-to-wire season at #1 in the AP poll.

Bowden will remain on to coach in Florida State's bowl game which is believed will be the the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville on New Year's Day. Bowden had previously coached at West Virginia before coming to Florida State in 1976 and it is believed the Mountaineers would be the Seminoles opponent.

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