The decision to be head coach next year is no longer in Bowden's hands. His "soul searching" line...
The decision to be head coach next year is no longer in Bowden's hands. His "soul searching" line may have some truth to it, but he won't be deciding whether to come back next year as the head coach. The wheels were set in motion after the USF loss and they really started to burn after the Boston College loss and the circus-like atmosphere on the sideline.
I heard that he came into the post-game press conference and had obviously been crying. He then asked the reporters not to ask him any questions about his future. I am told that request was highly unusual.
I had been told that an announcement would come on December 4th regarding Bowden's future. That's the day before the SEC Championship game. But now I would not be surprised if there was a press conference early this week with Bowden, Wetherell (FSU President), AD Spetman, and Jimbo Fisher (the head coach in waiting).
If Bowden is at Florida State next year, it will not be as head coach. He is going out on his terms- the terms he dictated to the university over the last decade. Remember that Bowden is due $1M when he retires, per a clause in his contract. I believe Florida State will offer him additional funds to act as a program representative, most likely accompanying Fisher on a final booster tour. Some believe that Bowden still has the capability to make Florida State a lot of money. My guess is that Bowden will receive somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.5Million, a number including the $1Million that he is currently guaranteed per contract. Of course, one reason to pay Bowden is so that he will keep his mouth shut and not make disparaging comments about Florida State.
I think you could compare this role to that of Wooden at UCLA. I am not sure if Bowden will roam the sidelines next year, even in a ceremonial capacity, but I am told that Bowden will not be making any football decisions for Florida State in 2010. And as reported here from day one, Bowden will have zero input on the defensive coordinator hire.
This agreement allows Bowden to save face. It won't appear that he was fired, but that he made the decision to step down. It also allows him to provide for his family, which really needs the money. This would also allow him to continue "working", and everyone familiar with the situation knows that Bowden is a firm believer that he will die upon retiring. Finally, this would allow Bowden to act as if he really cares about Florida State. That is, if he is smart enough to take the money...