Bobby Bowden will be back at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday for the first time since he retired as Florida State's coach in 2009.
No, he's not staging a coup and stealing his job back from Jimbo Fisher, who has the Seminoles at 6-0, he's simply going to be at the game. And he's going to plant the spear at midfield -- a Florida State tradition -- before the game. Presumably without being tackled by Bill Murray.
''Jimbo's got control real good, now, and has established himself,'' Bowden told the AP. ''It's probably time for me to get back.''
Why did Bowden stay away? It was out of personal experience. He was the coach at West Virginia before he went to Florida State, and after he replaced Jim Carlen as the Mountaineers' coach, he spent the first few years of his Morgantown tenure being compared to Carlen. While there would be no way of eliminating the comparisons of Fisher to himself, Bowden wanted to minimize them.
''When you're following someone who's been there for 34 years and that's all people know - I felt like I needed to be out the doggone picture altogether and let them accept him,'' Bowden said.
Safe to say, Fisher's been accepted as FSU coach, especially after the 51-14 drubbing of Clemson on Saturday. And Bowden's so comfortable about being around for Saturday's game that he's going to be back on November 16 as the homecoming grand marshal against Syracuse.
On November 2, FSU hosts Miami. Bowden may want to stay away then. Fisher hasn't been wide righted yet, and do the Noles really want to tempt an undefeated season with some missed field goal juju?
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