Bobby Bowden Officially Announces Retirement

After some hemming and hawing, Bobby Bowden has made it officially official: the Gator Bowl will be his last game as Florida State's head coach.

Here is part of the official announcement, via SBN's Tomahawk Nation, which has been all over this story:

"The bowl game will be my last game as head football coach at Florida State," said Bowden.  "It's been a great 34 seasons.

"I'd like to thank my wife Ann and my family for their love and support.  There were a lot of nights when I was on the road and not at home at the dinner table.  We all know that's part of it.  

"I'd also like to thank the coaches and their families who helped build the program into something that is special.  You can't have a successful program without players and we have been blessed to have young men who are winners both on and off the field.  I want to thank them and their families for committing 4-5 years of their lives to me and to FSU.

"Finally, I'd like to thank the University and FSU fans who have supported the Florida State program.  We've got one more game and I look forward to enjoying these next few weeks as the head football coach."

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