Former Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said his relationship with FSU president T.K. Wetherell is beyond repair after Bowden’s departure last season.
Bowden began to promote his new book “Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith and Football” told The Associated Press he also doesn’t want Florida State, where he was the head coach for 34 years, to “spread the story that I voluntarily, happily resigned.”
Bowden told the AP Tuesday: “I doubt I’ll have a relationship with T.K. anymore.”
In an interview with The Sporting News, which will be published Monday, Bowden said, “I never thought [Wetherell] would ever do to me what he did. I’m disappointed, but it’s not like I’m going to cut my wrists.”
Wetherell told the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday that he still considered Bowden a friend.
“That’s the business he is in and that’s the business I was in,” Wetherell said, according to the Post. “I would love to have the opportunity at some point to reconnect, play golf, have a barbecue. I think it’s going to take some time to get there from his perspective.”
Bowden announced his resignation December 1st last season in what seems more of a forced resignation by Florida State.
Jimbo Fisher, the offensive coordinator and designated coach-in-waiting, took over after the Gator Bowl, Bowden’s final game.
Bowden had been pushing defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews to succeed him, but was told that would never happen.
Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman had asked Bowden, 80, to return to FSU as an “ambassador” for the football program, but Bowden declined.
Bowden said in December he had told school officials he wanted to coach in 2010, but “that was out.”
As a Seminoles fan this disgust me how FSU handled this. Bobby Bowden is a legend and deserves to go out on his own terms. You would never see Penn State handle Joe Paterno like this. A few years ago when Penn State was a losing team they didn’t force Joe-Pa out.
The end of an era at FSU also occurred on my birthday. The way this was handled put a bitter taste in this Seminole fans mouth that may never go away.