Some of Florida State's former football players are coming to the defense of FSU coach Bobby Bowden, now that calls are being made for him to retire.
Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, a former ACC defensive player of the year, recently took to his Twitter page to fume about his former head coach's plight.
A source told ESPN's Shaun King that Bowden would not be asked to leave at the end of the season.
There is growing sentiment among program boosters and supporters for Bowden to resign following this season, including FSU Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Smith.
On his Twitter page, Dockett wrote that Bowden should leave when he's ready and that pushing him out would have consequences.
"If they fire Bowden, I will make sure no FSU alumni go back to visit EVER, no donations- NOTHIING ... '' Dockett wrote.
Deion Sanders, a former Thorpe Award winner at FSU, recently told the Tallahassee Democrat that Bowden's exit should be Bowden's call, and it angers him that Bowden may not get to make the decision.
"To disrespect him in this manner and place the blame on him for the football program, that's ignorant," Sanders told the newspaper.
Florida coach Urban Meyer and South Florida coach Jim Leavitt also have spoken out in support of Bowden, who turns 80 in November. Bowden said following Tuesday's practice it was nice for former players to back him.
"I appreciate that from them," he said.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Ex-Players, fellow coaches rally to Bowden's support
We're not big fans of Bobby Bowden. It's our opinion that there has been a culture of ignoring academics at FSU (the Deion Sanders rule) and that really irritates us, and we think it starts at the top. But it's good to see people rallying around their coach.