Akron University’s new head football coach Terry Bowden is a wanted man. Bowden, who is the son of former Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden, has two warrants out for his arrest in Alabama. That’s according to WAFF-TV in Huntsville.
Georgiana, Ala., police issued the arrest warrants because they say Bowden had an improper license plate and he was allegedly speeding in the small Butler County town in the southern part of the state.
Georgiana is 265 miles away from Florence, Ala., where Bowden coached the University of North Alabama Lions before he took his new job with the Akron Zips.
Police ticketed Bowden on July 5, 2011. According to court documents, Bowden was going 60 mph in a 30 mph zone. He didn’t show up for court on Sept. 1, and he didn’t pay the $537 he owed. Bowden’s driver’s license was suspended on Oct. 27.
This game goes down on the ESPN network and it features Florida State University Seminoles taking on North Carolina State University Wolfpack Carter-Finley Stadium.
Head coach Tom O’Brien has his Wolfpack vying for an ACC title as they currently sit at 5-2 overall and 2-1 in conference sitting behind the Seminoles in the Atlantic Division standings. The Wolfpack lost 33-27 in overtime to non-conference East Carolina two weeks ago has they sat idle last weekend.
The Wolfpack is lead by 5-11 junior quarterback Russell Wilson, 2124 yards 18 touchdowns 9 INTs, who has helped North Carolina to rank 7th in the nation in passing yards per game at 312.6. Wilson is also effective with his legs as he has rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receivers Owen Spencer, 524 yards 1 touchdown, and Jarvis Williams, 421 yards 3 touchdowns, have been his main targets when he puts the ball into the air. The ground game second act in this offense but the majority of carries are given to freshman Mustafa Greene, 419 yards 4 touchdowns, as he’s averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Defensively the standout players to keep an eye on is junior linebacker Audie Cole who leads the team with 4 sacks on the year and senior linebacker Nate Irving and his 50 tackles with his 9 tackles for loss.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher has rebounded nicely from their road loss to Oklahoma in week 2 to go 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. Fisher, who is in his first year after being on former head coach Bobby Bowden staff for many years, are now off to their best start in ACC play since 2004 and are enjoying their first five-game overall winning streak since 2005. The Seminoles are to also coming off an idle week in preparing for tonight’s matchup after beating Boston College two weeks ago.
The Seminoles go as senior quarterback Christian Ponder, 1187 12 touchdowns 7 INTs, takes them as he is completing 60.4 percent of his throws. Ponder has the luxury of having junior Jermaine Thomas, 430 yards 6 touchdowns, and sophomore Chris Thompson, 446 yards 4 touchdowns, which have the Seminoles ranking 19th in the nation at 211.7 yards per game. The Seminoles can even turn to a third running back this year in junior Ty Jones, 318 yards 2 touchdowns, as he is averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Ponder often looks to junior wide receiver Bert Reed, 304 yards 1 touchdown, and junior Taiwan Easterling, 340 yards 2 touchdowns, to move the chains.
Defensively the Seminoles have been stout on defense holding opponents to 16 points per game and just 308.1 total yards per game. The defense has been especially tough on the run limiting teams to 104.9 yards per game and 2.9 yards per carry. The star player to keep an eye on is sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins, 34 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks.
Florida State has taken the last three meetings in the series including winning 45-42 last year at Tallahassee.
PICK: Florida State University Seminoles
Former Florida State University football player Kamari Charlton faces possible caning in Singapore after he overstayed his visa 169 days after his 90-day pass expired. Charlton was in Singapore while his wife was receiving medical care for pregnancy complications but was arrested when he attempted to leave the city-state because it is illegal stay past the 90 days on the visa.
The crime is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail and at least three cane strokes. When caned, people are strapped to a wooden frame and lashed across the bare bottom with a long rattan stick. If he’s found guilty, Charlton would be the first American caned since Michael Fay was punished in 1994 for spray-painting graffiti on 18 cars.
However Charlton does come with a checkered past as he was arrested in May 1994 on felony rape and simple assault charges when he played for the Seminoles. Charlton was accused by a former girlfriend of grabbing her by the throat and raping her and was suspended by then-coach Bobby Bowden and was dismissed from school for the 1994-95 season.
One fan wishes Calvin Casey’s Foundation Picks where back in circulation but since it’s closed up shop he took matters into his own hands and reached into his pockets and put $27,500 on Florida State +7.5 against Oklahoma Sooners in Norman. The Sooners won 47-17.
First let me say that it’s good to see the former Florida State great Bobby Bowden out shopping at a normal folk store like CVS. Second the University of Miami Hurricane fans haves some balls.
If you remember back on February 17, we brought you former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow getting owned by a female Hurricane fan and now they staking claim on Florida State icons.
Can you image the balls to stop what your doing at your CVS job to ask Bowden, who’s stopping in just to get a refill on his blood pressure medication, for a picture. Then you walk to someone else in the store whether it be an employee or customer and ask them to stop what they are doing like shopping or working to take the photo and right before cheese, you flash the U on the icon. WTF! Really?
Why even waste Tebow or Bowden’s time? So you can flip out your phone and show your friends and family that you sneaked attacked them, like the Japanese did Pearl Harbor. What to soon?
The 47th annual Gator Bowl will see the West Virgina Mountaineers take on the Florida State Seminoles in the iconic coach Bobby Bowden’s last game. Bowden’s historic 44-year career as a head coach reluctantly comes to a close.
The Seminoles (6-6) are in postseason play for the 28th straight year, but it was a difficult season for the affable Bowden. Florida State failed to win more than two in a row and fell for the sixth straight time to Florida, 37-10 on Nov. 28, to finish third in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. Two days later, Bowden, 80, said he hadn’t decided on his future and still had career options – one of them being to remain the head coach. After meeting with university officials Dec. 1, though, Bowden said the Gator Bowl would be his last game.
Regardless of the .500 season, Bowden’s accomplishments while building a powerhouse over 34 seasons in Tallahassee are staggering. Following several near-misses in the 1980s, he won national titles with the Seminoles in 1993 and most recently in 1999, when they went unbeaten and became the first to go wire-to-wire as the top-ranked team in the AP poll. Another big achievement is a string of 14 straight seasons, ending in 2000, during which Florida State won at least 10 games and finished ranked in the top five. The Seminoles were 152-19-1 in that span.
He has a 315-97-4 record with Florida State.
Florida State has long had a plan in place for Bowden’s successor, naming offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher in 2007. But first, Bowden will get a send-off in a bowl game where he’s yet to lose. The Seminoles are 4-0 under him in the Gator Bowl, including double-digit wins over West Virginia in 1982 and 2005.
The Mountaineers have won four consecutive bowls since that last loss to Florida State and two of those victories have been under coach Bill Stewart, who is among the many ardent Bowden supporters.
West Virginia (9-3) appeared to be out of the mix for a New Year’s bowl following late-season losses to South Florida and Cincinnati. However, with three-point wins over then-No. 8 Pittsburgh and Rutgers to close the regular season, the Mountaineers finished tied with the Panthers for second in the Big East behind the 12-0 Bearcats.
The Mountaineers’ best player is running back Noel Devine, who finished second in the Big East with 1,372 yards and fourth with 12 touchdowns. Jarrett Brown was third in the conference with 2,129 passing yards, but threw only 11 TDs with eight interceptions in 12 games.
Brown’s counterpart is EJ Manuel, who has started the last three games after Christian Ponder was lost for the season due to a separated shoulder. Manuel has appeared in six games, throwing for 616 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.
His top targets are Rod Owens and Bert Reed, who tied for fifth in the conference with 58 receptions, but Owens had only three touchdowns while Reed had none. Jarmon Fortson topped the team with four TD catches. Jermaine Thomas led the Seminoles ground game with 711 yards and 7 TDs.
PICK: Florida State University Seminoles
The 64th annual Capital One Bowl will see the Penn State Nittany Lions take on the LSU Tigers for just the second time in their history as Joe Paterno looks to add to his record 23 postseason victories.
Penn State (10-2) had a shot at making a second straight BCS appearance after finishing in the top 14 of the final BCS standings, but home losses to Iowa and Ohio State kept the Nittany Lions out. Penn State was even in consideration despite lacking a win over a ranked opponent was mainly due to a fan base that travels well and Paterno, whose record of 393 wins among major college coaches appears safer by the day with the pending retirement of Florida State’s Bobby Bowden. The Nittany Lions were outscored 45-17 and held to an average of 254.0 yards of offense in their two losses, but their six conference victories came by an average of nearly three touchdowns. Even though their wins came against opponents who went a combined 56-64.
Penn State and LSU (9-3) have met once – a 16-9 Nittany Lions win in the 1974 Orange Bowl that capped Paterno’s third of five unbeaten seasons.
Quarterback Daryll Clark led the conference with 23 touchdown passes and was also the league’s highest-rated passer (145.7), but against LSU, he’ll need to avoid the turnovers that have plagued him during Penn State’s losses. Clark has thrown 39 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions in winning 21 starts, but he’s tossed 3 TDs and 7 INTs in his four losses.
The Tigers forced 36 turnovers in 14 games and allowed 288.8 yards per game on their way to winning the 2008 BCS championship, but they have not had the same success since. LSU has created 37 turnovers in 25 games the last two seasons – three in its final five regular-season games. Of equal concern was the amount of yardage the Tigers allowed in their final four contests. LSU had allowed 293.0 yards per game as it started 7-1, but gave up 393.8 in splitting its last four games.
While Les Miles has a long way to go to match Paterno’s total of bowl victories, no coach has gotten more out of his team in the postseason recently. Since Miles arrived from Oklahoma State before the 2005 season, LSU has won its four bowl games by an average of 28.5 points.
Despite their bowl track record, the Tigers will be hard-pressed to score on Penn State. While quarterback Jordan Jefferson has played better of late – he threw 9 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in his last five games – LSU ranks 108th in total offense (309.7 yards per game).
That offense figures to struggle even more if tailback Charles Scott can’t go. The Tigers’ leading rusher broke his collarbone in early November and missed the last three games, though he returned to practice Dec. 14 and currently is questionable. Speedy senior all-purpose back Trindon Holliday could get more carries as well. Regardless of who receives the bulk of the carries, the Tigers will face a stiff challenge up front. Penn State’s defense is 10th nationally against the run (93.9 ypg), eighth overall (277.1) and allows the fourth-fewest points per game (11.8).
The Nittany Lions, as usual, have a talented trio of linebackers in Sean Lee, Navorro Bowman and leading tackler Josh Hull, but it’s tackle Jared Odrick who gets them started up front.
Penn State is 1-3 in the Capital One Bowl, while LSU is 1-1, losing 30-25 in 2005 on a last-second touchdown pass in Nick Saban’s final game as coach.
PICK: Louisiana State University Tigers
While everyone was enjoying their holiday time with family and friends Urban Meyer blindsided the college football world with world that he would be stepping down as head coach of the University of Florida Gators on Saturday night after the upcoming Sugar Bowl game.
Then came a good 14-16 hours of ESPN and the Internet running with the story, it’s angles, it’s beliefs and the questions of what do the Gators do next. Have no fear because that storm and looking into his players faces on Sunday morning allowed Meyer to change his mind and say he wasn’t resigning but taking a leave of absence.
Which is great, the college football game needs a coach of Meyer’s stature in it and college football doesn’t need what happened to Skip Posser, the Wake Forest University basketball coach, who died following an afternoon jog.
The man has the right to make what ever decision he wants and has proven that but deep down my gut stirs me in the belief that pressure drove him to make the announcement on Saturday and pressure pushed him right back into the decision to reverse his stance of a resignation.
Whatever the case maybe may I suggest to Florida President and AD a whole new direction and start a clean slate by announcing a new young head coach that goes by the name of Bobby Bowden.
On yesterday’s show we discussed whether or not Florida State acted right in the handling of 2-time National Championship winner Bobby Bowden. Now that he has one game left to add to his 388-141 resume and decided to retire, it feels appropriate to honor one of college football’s best coaches by compiling a list of the 10 best NFL players that played under Bowden at Florida State. If you think I failed to mention a player feel free to let me know.
1. Deion Sanders, CB
Whether you liked his brash attitude or not, nobody can deny how good “Neon Deion” was as a player. He brought true meaning to the phrase “shutdown corner” while instilling excitement and thrill into the pro game. Nobody has ever blanketed one side of the field like Sanders could and perhaps nobody ever will. He was so good that quarterbacks avoided throwing to his side of the field not only in fear of being picked off by Sanders, but also in concern that he would return the gift for six points. And not only was he one of the greatest cover corners to ever don a pair of cleats, but he was also a phenomenal punt returner as well. When his career finally wrapped up, Deion had accumulated 53 interceptions, 8 Pro Bowl appearances, 2 Super Bowl victories, a 1994 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. He was also an incredibly rare two-sport athlete and to this day, young corners still try to emulate the way he played the game.
2. Derrick Brooks, LB
When the Tampa 2 defense was implemented into the NFL by former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, they must have had Derrick Brooks in mind when they envisioned its success. No linebacker was a better fit for that scheme than Brooks, who went on to appear in 11 Pro Bowls and was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. He finished with 1,698 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 25 interceptions and also helped the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl in 2002. Other linebackers may have been more feared, but not many covered a field like Brooks did. He was also a tremendous leader and played on some of the best defenses of the past decade.
3. Walter Jones, OT
Jones career is coming to an end, but he’ll be been known as the rock at the end of the Seahawks offensive line for years to come. Throughout his career, he was named to nine Pro Bowls, is a six-time All-NFC player, a four-time first-team All-Pro selection and a bona fide hall of famer. He and former Seattle offensive guard Steve Hutchinson formed one of the best left sides in the NFL and helped pave the way for Shaun Alexander’s great career. When he finally does retire, Jones will be mentioned with Anthony Munoz and Art Shell as one of the best offensive linemen in the history of the league.
4. Warrick Dunn, RB
I remember reading of the stories of how people told him he would never make it as a football player because of his small size (5’9”, 190 pounds). But that didn’t stop Dunn from racking up 10,967 yards and 49 touchdowns on his way to becoming a three-time Pro Bowl selection. One of the more remarkable things about Dunn was his longevity despite his size limitations. Despite the position he played, he rarely took a big hit and was great at using his pads to absorb contact. He was also one of the greatest NFL humanitarians, helping single mothers every Christmas through his “Home for the Holidays” program. For his gracious work with various charities, he received the 2009 Walter Payton Mann of the Year Award.
5. LeRoy Butler, S
Brett Favre and Reggie White are two names that pop into your head when reminiscing about the 1995 Packers team, but there’s no doubt that LeRoy Butler was one of the staples of that Super Bowl squad. Not only did Butler help Green Bay win a title that year, but he also was one of the more fundamentally sound safeties during his playing days. In his 12 seasons with the Packers, he recorded 953 tackles, 38 interceptions, 553 return yards, 12 fumble recoveries, three defensive touchdowns and 20.5 sacks. He led or tied for the team lead in interceptions in five different seasons and he was the first defensive back in NFL history to gain entrance into the 20 sack/20 interception club.
6. Peter Boulware, LB
Ray Lewis’s name is always mentioned first when people talk about the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, but Boulware was a key member of one of the best defenses in NFL history. Throughout his career, Boulware recorded 493 tackles, 70 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss and 13 forced fumbles. He was a perfect fit as an edge rusher in Baltimore’s defense and went on to appear in four Pro Bowls, was named the 1997 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and was also inducted into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor.
7. Brad Johnson, QB
Brad Johnson never had the strongest arm and rarely put up gaudy numbers, but he did orchestrate Jon Gruden’s offense to near perfection in 2002 when he helped guide the Buccaneers to their first ever Super Bowl title. That year, Johnson lead the NFC in passer rating at 92.9 and set new team records for touchdowns with 22, completion percentage at 62.3, consecutive passes without an interception with 187, and also had the lowest interception percentage with 1.3%. For his career, he appeared in two Pro Bowls, compiled 28,627 total passing yards and finished with 164 passing touchdowns.
8. Anquan Boldin, WR
Many people only know Boldin for his role in the Arizona’s Cardinals 2008 Super Bowl team. But many forget just how good Boldin was in his first year when he won the 2003 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. That year, Boldin had 101 catches and was the only rookie selected to the Pro Bowl. He also set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a rookie in his first game (217), holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first 26 games of an NFL career (157), and was the fastest to record 300 career receptions (47 games). Boldin has hauled in 553 receptions for 7,108 yards and 42 touchdowns.
9. Laveranues Coles, WR
Teammate Peter Warrick received more attention because he was a top 5 pick in the 2000 draft, but Coles (a third rounder in ’00) has gone on to have the better career. To date, Coles has racked up 631 catches for 8,095 yards and 44 touchdowns. He never puts up out-of-this-world numbers, but Coles has always been dependable, durable and has never shied away from going over the middle.
10. Sebastian Janikowski, K
Janikowski is the Oakland Raiders franchise-leading scorer, he holds the longest field goal in Raiders’ history (57 yards) and has the most career points in team history with 865. He’s also a two-time Lou Groza Award winner, has made 77.2 percent of his field goal attempts and is often the only offense the Raiders generate these days.
Honorable Mentions: Alex Barron (OT), Lorenzo Booker (RB), Brodrick Bunkley (DT), Zack Crockett (FB), Antonio Cromartie (CB), Darnell Dockett (DT), Chris Hope (S), Dexter Jackson (S), Samari Rolle (CB), Corey Simon (DT), Ernie Sims (LB), Tra Thomas (OT), Javon Walker (WR), Leon Washington (RB)
The Florida State Seminoles program has taken a turn for the worse as they stare down an ugly 2-4 record for the first time since 1976 and 0-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time ever.
Florida State ranks last in the ACC in total defense (426.7 yards per game), run defense (172.8) and pass defense (253.8). The Noles are 107th nationally in total defense and 90th in scoring defense (28.2 point per game) and are allowing more than 18 yards per pass completion — the worst in the country.
FSU has been good on offense. QB Christian Ponder has thrown for 1,781 yards and nine touchdowns with just one pick; he is coming off a five-touchdown game against Georgia Tech, becoming the first FSU QB to throw five since 2001. The Seminoles lead the conference in total offense (426 yards per game), and Ponder leads the ACC in passing yards (296.8 ypg) and total offense (317.3 ypg).
Senior Richard Goodman and sophomore Bert Reed are consistent playmakers at the receiver position. Each player has posted a little over 350 yards receiving this season and own a solid 13 yards per catch average.
The Seminoles travel to Kenan Stadium to battle the North Carolina Tarheels. The Tarheels have been equally disappointing in conference play with a 0-2 mark which included an upset loss to Virginia. However, the Tarheels are above the .500 mark at 4-2 on the year.
North Carolina, which has two wins against I-AA teams this season, has been about the polar opposite of FSU. The Heels are pretty solid on defense but not good at all on offense, with an offensive line that has been injury-ravaged. UNC ranks last in the ACC in total offense (282.2 yard per game) and first in total defense (237.7). The Heels have only 56 rushing yards in their two conference games.
The Tarheels offense lead by junior QB T.J Yates has 7 picks on the season including two a piece in both ACC match-ups. The Tarheels quarterback has not been very helpful in the passing game averaging just 173 yards per game. Tailback Shaun Draughn gets most the action and has been a stable runner averaging 4 yards. Draughn is the more elusive back, but Ryan Houston will get the ball in power needed situations and already has 7 scores on the year.
Butch Davis defense is the best in the ACC. The Tarheels rank 3rd in overall defense holding teams to just 237 yards per game behind only Alabama and Florida. One number that also jumps out heading into their meeting with Florida State is their pass defense which ranks number 1 in all of college football holding teams to just 125 yards passing. The Tarheels have yet to play a quarterback like Ponder, but they are still very talented in the secondary.
UNC defensive end Robert Quinn leads the ACC and is seventh in the country with 11 tackles for a loss of 69 yards, and is tied for first with three forced fumbles and also has four quarterback hurries. He’s second in the ACC and seventh in the nation with seven sacks for 58 yards.
Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles were expected to be front runners in the ACC this season, but they are ranked dead last in the ACC. The Seminoles chances of not making a bowl are in doubt for the first time in 28 years.
These two teams haven’t met since 2004. But FSU leads all-time 14-1-1. This will be the first Thursday night home game in UNC history.
PICK: University of North Carolina Tar Heels
With the head of Florida State’s trustees calling for legendary coach Bobby Bowden’s job, the head coach will try to avoid a third straight loss when the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets arrive at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.
Florida State (2-3, 0-2 ACC) has lost consecutive games and has also started 0-2 in the ACC for the first time. The Seminoles are off to their worst start since Bowden’s first year in 1976, when they lost their first three games and finished 5-6 for their last losing season.
Georgia Tech (4-1, 2-1) is expecting a big response from Florida State, which is 6-0 at home all-time against the Yellow Jackets. Bowden was 12-0 against Georgia Tech before a 31-28 loss last season.
Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s win for Georgia Tech. Dwyer is third in the ACC with 409 yards and quarterback Josh Nesbitt is fourth with 363 yards on the ground this year. Georgia Techs Paul Johnson’s option attack could be a problem for a Seminoles’ defense that ranks 98th in yards allowed with 405.6 per game.
Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder leads the ACC in passing yards (1,423) and has thrown just one interception. He threw for a career-high 341 yards last week, but did not have a touchdown.
Georgia Tech took a break from conference play last week and won 42-31 at Mississippi State. Nesbitt threw for a career-high 266 yards and one touchdown while Dwyer carried 16 times for 83 yards and one score.
The Yellow Jackets are one of three ranked teams in the ACC’s Coastal division while Florida State is in last place in the Atlantic division.
PICK: Florida State University Seminoles
Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden, who is under fire after the Seminoles started his 34th season at the school with a 2-3 record, said his age is the biggest reason he’s being criticized.
“My problem is age. If I was 50, nobody would be saying a word as far as that’s concerned. But at 79, he’s too old,” Bowden said.
Bowden’s contract expires Jan. 4, 2010. Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has already been named Bowden’s successor, and FSU would owe Fisher $5 million if he’s not named head coach by January 2011. Fisher, who was lured to Florida State from LSU, was named Bowden’s successor during his first season with the Seminoles in 2007.
Bowden built FSU into one of college football’s modern-day dynasties, producing an unprecedented streak of 14 straight finishes in the top five of the final AP top 25 poll from 1987 to 2000. The Seminoles won national championships in 1993 and ’99 and 12 ACC titles since joining the league.
Jim Smith, chairman of FSU’s board of trustees, told the Tallahassee Democrat that “enough is enough” and it was time for the school to finish the transition from legend to Fisher.
“It’s sort of like you have to put your favorite dog down; you know it’s the right thing to do but you sure feel bad about it,” said Smith.
Earlier this week I could see things where going to get a little ugly in west Florida after the ‘Noles lost to Boston College, however I thought Seminole nation would be more respectful of the man that put their school on the map. My thoughts where along the lines of do you keep grandpa in the back bedroom or do you make the move to a retirement home? Never could I have imagined hearing a trustee comparing FSU – yes that is what Bowden is and FSU is Bowden – to a mutt that needs to be put down.
Bowden nails it point blank that it’s all about his age. Seminole nation has chosen to overlook the fact a terrific Miami Hurricanes squad needed to come from behind to defeat the ‘Noles, at the time they took down a number seven BYU squad in Provo (not easily done), and by the end of the year Boston College quarterback Dave Shinskie will be on a lot of radars.
If the Seminole nation is so desperate for the savior, how about the savior using a little more of the tight end, that would do wonders for Christan Ponder’s games. I’m sure Caz Piurowski wouldn’t have a problem with that.
Couldn’t have this talk have waited till after the current season is over with?
The time has come for the hard question to be asked, is it time to put grandpa into a nursing home? You just want best for grandpa and it hurts you to see him raked over the coals on Sundays. Grandpa has been there for you every Saturday and done so much for Florida State University, so why not let Bobby Bowden stay in house for a little longer?
Head coach Bowden says he’ll leave when he wants and that leaves Florida State in a difficult situation. The Seminoles are 2-3 for the first time since Bowden’s inaugural season at the school 33 years ago, and 0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for his first time at the program he transformed into a collegiate powerhouse.
After a 28-21 loss at Boston College, the hometown Tallahassee Democrat newspaper beat writer Steve Ellis said Bowden should call it a career at the end of this season.
“The love and admiration we all have for Bobby doesn’t put fans in the seats, money in the coffers or national championships in the trophy case,” Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi wrote.
Thousands of Florida State fans on Internet sites share the opinion of Ellis and Bianchi.
So there you have it grandpa, the 309 victories in 33 years, the 89% winning percentage you had in the 90′s, and 2 National Championships get you a nice view at your future nursing home, hopefully the same people calling for your retirement come visit and don’t leave you to be forgotten, hopefully.
Head coach Bobby Bowden is back on the sidelines for his 34th season at Florida State University. The Seminoles will play in Doak Campbell Stadium against its rival the University of Miami Hurricanes, and says he won’t let his detractors or an ongoing cheating scandal divert his attention from the season.
The Seminoles, though, have one 10-win season (10-3 in 2003) since posting double-digit victories each year from 1987-2000. There have been calls for offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher to take over but that wont happen until January 2011, Bowden could find it difficult to move past Joe Paterno for the all-time lead in victories.
Florida State finished last season with a 9-4 record and defeated Wisconsin 42-13 in the Champs Sports Bowl the program’s 27th consecutive bowl appearance and the longest such streak in the nation. Junior Christian Ponder begins his second season as the Seminoles’ starting quarterback. He threw for 2,006 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2008 as Florida State posted its first nine-win season in five years. Ponder will look downfield for Bert Reed, Jarmon Fortson and senior Richard Goodman. Sophomore Jermaine Thomas, who averaged 7.0 yards per carry last season will take over the rushing duties.
Miami is bracing for a schedule that could have it matched up with four ranked teams to open the season. The Hurricanes host Georgia Tech, travel to Virginia Tech and play Oklahoma at home in the three games following Florida State. Miami has lost 11 of 13 to ranked foes.
Sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris is the starter in 2009. He threw for 1,195 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman. Third-year head coach Randy Shannon led Miami to a 7-6 record in 2008. Junior running back Graig Cooper had a right ankle injury in the preseason, but looks for another solid season after leading the Hurricanes in rushing in 2007 and ’08. Cooper ran for 841 yards and four touchdowns last season.
Javarris James, who has rushed for 1,670 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career, is 15 pounds lighter and primed for his senior season.
The Hurricanes will be without defensive end Eric Moncur and defensive backs Ryan Hill and Vaughn Telemaque for the opener, while defensive end Adewale Ojomo might miss the entire season with a broken jaw.
Miami leads the series with Florida State 30-23, although the Seminoles have won three of the last four match-ups.
PICK: Florida State University Seminoles