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Bowden wants to return to Seminoles for 2010

The Tallahassee Democrat
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 08:44 PM
TALLAHASSEE -

Less than 24 hours after he made national news by saying he had some "soul searching" to do following his team's 37-10 loss to No. 1 Florida, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden had apparently found the answer.

He wants to remain the head coach.

"Right now I would like to come back," Bowden said in his Sunday teleconference with the media. "The only thing I can say is right now, sitting right here - and I guess it could change in a day or two, it could - but right now, I would like to come back.

"Still, I've got bosses. I've got people that would have to approve it."

The 80-year-old Bowden, who just completed his 34th regular season at Florida State, has said more than once that he would like to coach again in 2010. Head coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher is slated to receive a $5 million payout if he's not in charge of the program by January 2011.

Until this weekend, Bowden had never commented publicly on whether he planned to return in 2011, but he let it be known before the Florida game that Saturday night would be his last game coaching at the Swamp - meaning he doesn't plan to be the head coach after next season.

But now the question remains, will there be a "next season" for the legendary head coach?

"I haven't talked to T.K. (Wetherell) in several months about that," said Bowden, whose current one-year contract expires in January. "It's something we were going to talk about at the end of the season."

He said he last spoke with the university president after the Seminoles lost to Georgia Tech 49-44 and plans to talk to him this week.

"He was trying to feel me out," Bowden said. "At that time, he was trying to feel me out. ... We left it with, let's talk about it after the season."

The Seminoles have dropped their past six games to their rivals from Gainesville and four of those losses have been by at least 27 points.

Since FSU's last win in the series in 2003, it has been outscored by Florida 202-71.

Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Seminoles are 37-27 overall. Against schools from BCS conferences, they are 28-27.

"I keep saying I want to right the program, I want to right the program," Bowden said. "I think we're better, but our record doesn't look any better. You'd like to get that big year, you'd like to turn it around like Joe (Paterno) did. But that might not happen."

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