The chairman of the Florida State University trustees wants Bobby Bowden to retire at the end of this season.
Jim Smith said Monday the arrangement with Bowden as head coach and his successor, Jimbo Fisher, as offensive coordinator isn’t working.
“We’ve got too many bosses out there,” Smith said.
“Jimbo is in a very, very tough situation where people assume he has a whole lot more authority than he really has,” Smith told The Associated Press. “He’s getting blamed for a lot of things that’s just not his fault.”
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The Seminoles (2-3 overall, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) are off to their worst start since Bowden’s first year at Florida State in 1976.
Bowden said Sunday that he has no plans of quitting anytime soon. His 384 wins are three fewer than Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the career leader in victories among major college coaches. Bowden turns 80 in just over a month, and has a contract that gives him the option to return in 2010.
And while the school’s trustees don’t have immediate authority over coaches, they have significant influence since they are in effect the boss of university president T.K. Wetherell.
“Everything is kind of up in the air,” Smith said Monday. “T.K. really has to make that call. I think he’s at a point where he’s going to deal with it.”
Wetherell, who played at the school when Bowden was an assistant coach in the mid-1960s, is also leaving as president when a successor is named. It was Wetherell who brokered the arrangement to bring Fisher in as the designated successor to Bowden and to run the offense after the 2006 season. As part of the deal, Fisher has a $5 million buyout if he’s not head coach by January 2011.
Tebow not cleared yet
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is reading, watching television, attending class, studying tape and doing everything else he was before his concussion.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday his star player has not been cleared to practice or play against fourth-ranked LSU on Saturday night.
Two days after being booed mercilessly by his own fans, Arizona State QB Danny Sullivan got a vote of confidence from coach Dennis Erickson on Monday. Erickson said Sullivan would start when the Sun Devils visit Washington State on Saturday. … Illinois has decided to bench senior quarterback Juice Williams and will start backup Eddie McGee on Saturday against Michigan State. … Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles will be out for two to four weeks with a broken left shoulder blade. … BYU receiver McKay Jacobson is out four to six weeks with a strained hamstring.