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Bowden exits with little fanfare

Originally Published: December 1, 2009
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It never should have ended like this.

Not with legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden slipping out a side door, and not with injured Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder and fellow team captain Dekoda Watson speaking for the school that ultimately forced Bowden out.

After building the Seminoles into one of the sport's greatest powers in 34 seasons on the FSU sideline, Bowden announced his retirement Tuesday. Bowden, 80, will coach the Seminoles in ...

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