Longtime Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden may not be coaching the team anymore, but he is still very much involved with the team. In fact, he still gets a regular paycheck from the university.
Well, at least he did until today.
Per a report from Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat, Seminole Boosters Inc., hereby known as the money machine for the Florida State athletic department, opted not to renew Bowden’s contract with them.
Oddly enough, Bowden didn’t seem surprised at the decision.
“They decided not to renew it. (I) wasn’t surprised at all,” Bowdensaid . “I didn’t feel like I was earning my money, to be honest with you. I didn’t feel like I was doing enough to earn my money.”
Under the deal, Bowden received $250,000 a year in exchange for his name and likeness being used by the Seminole boosters, along with fundraising appearances.
This news also comes not long after Bowden made some critical remarks about former ‘Noles quarterback Jameis Winston, but chances are that the football team doesn’t really need him to help boost the program anymore.
Bowden’s former offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has gone 58-11 (34-6 ACC) in five years with the program, so it’s not as though the Seminoles need a PR boost. Throw in that Bowden is 85, and maybe the booster club just wanted to add a fresher face.
Florida State opens the 2015 season at home when Texas State visits Tallahassee on September 5.
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