Jeff Bowden: The Good Son
Fans have been rushing to blame this on Jeff Bowden, simply because they cannot blame it on Robert Cleckler Bowden and his 364 career wins. He, like several other coaches, has reached the point where he is generally unassailable by the university brass (well, unassailable without a completely crap season or some major Bobby Knight-style faux pas), and Bobby hasnt reached the point where its time to completely close the curtains on the old man. This isnt a 1-10 team, after all.
At least, its not yet a 1-10 team, but it is a team, and a program, in decline. I have no doubts about that, and a more competitive ACC isnt helping the Really Old Ball Coach look good (Joe Paterno is the Ancient Ball Coach). While Bowden hasnt plumbed the depths that the Ancient Ball Coach has in Happy Valley, a lot of that has to do with the great depth of talent Florida has. Even when you cant buy a recruit, it helps to be in a sunny state thats chock full of good football talent who dont want to go play cold weather games in January.
While its only right to fire Jeff Bowden (because he DOES suck), it might be time to give the old man a gold watch, as well. Its kind of hard for octogenarians to recruit todays youth, and reputation, history, and loyalty wont get you very far when the other school is winning right now. Flordia State needs to start winning, RIGHT NOW, or it's time to get a hot young coaching prospect.
Bobby Petrino, perhaps?