Bowden nearing 1-year coaching deal with FSU


Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 12:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 12:18 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Bobby Bowden is nearing agreement on a one-year contract to coach his 34th season at Florida State.

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This is a Dec. 27, 2008 file photo showing Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden during the NCAA football game at the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Bowden says he'll be back for a 34th season as coach at Florida State. The 79-year-old Bowden said Friday Jan. 9, 2009 that details of his new contract are being finalized.

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An administration official familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday the school is waiting for Bowden, 79, to sign an agreement that both sides have tentatively approved. The official requested anonymity pending the official announcement, which is expected by next week.

Bowden's 382 career coaching wins are one fewer than Penn State's Joe Paterno, the all-time leader among major college coaches. Paterno, 82, recently signed a three-year extension while Bowden has an option for 2010.

Bowden's successor, offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, is scheduled to replace him by January 2011 or be paid $5 million.

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