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Bowden Knows When He'll Retire

TBO.com The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

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Bobby Bowden knows when he's going to retire, but isn't telling anyone yet. It won't be 2009, though.

The 79-year-old Florida State coach hopes first to beat archrival Florida one more time and get his Seminoles back among the collegiate elite.

It won't be easy, especially with recruiting sanctions likely to come later this month from the NCAA.

No. 2 Florida routed Bowden's Seminoles 45-15 Saturday night for its fifth straight win in the series and the gap between the two schools seems to be growing wider. Bowden is 17-17-1 against Florida and 0-4 against Gator coach Urban Meyer.

But Bowden predicted the Seminoles (8-4) will catch up - someday.

"I'm hoping and working that we can get back while I'm here," Bowden said. "If not, somebody else will."

For the first time Bowden said he has his own timetable for stepping down.

"I do mentally have a time in mind," Bowden said. "There are still things greater in life to me ... especially when you get my age."

OKLAHOMA: Quarterback Sam Bradford tore ligaments in his non-throwing hand Saturday and is expected to have surgery following the Big 12 Championship Game.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Steve Spurrier said Tampa's Stephen Garcia will be the starting QB for its bowl game.

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