Radio personality Dan Sileo says he has a lot of respect for Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, as do many of the listeners who called Sileo's show this morning.
"To me, there are coaches like Jimmy Johnson, who I think are frauds, and then there's guys like Bowden, who you go back 25 years later and you still love that player," said Sileo, who played against Bowden while attending the University of Miami. "He meant it when he was recruiting you."
Sileo's show on WDAE, 620 AM, was flooded with calls this morning about Bowden's expected retirement after 34 years as the Seminoles' coach.
"About Bobby Bowden, he's on the Mount Rushmore of college coaches," one caller said. "He's up there. He definitely deserves all the props he gets, and I would just wish him well in the future."
Another caller had similar sentiments.
"It's a sad day in 'Nole Nation right now," the more melancholy sounding listener said. "I tell you what. For the lady that just called saying that [Bowden] needs to go. Bobby Bowden hasn't coached a game in the last five years. He's like a CEO, he lets his coaches coach."
Bowden is the second-winningest coach in major college football history, but his teams have slipped in recent years. The Seminoles finished this season 6-6.
Although Sileo says it is time for Bowden to step down, he hopes the university will allow him to coach the team's upcoming bowl game.
"I sure hope coach coaches the bowl game because I'd like to see him go out a winner," Sileo said. "What the hell - his is a winner. He'll always be a winner."