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Bowden had often proclaimed during his heyday that he would retire if he ever had more than a season or two of three or four losses.

After four losses in 2001 and five in 2002, Bowden said he wanted to get the Seminoles back on top. Then he announced he would like to reach 400 victories. Bowden, like Paterno, wasn’t about to retire voluntarily and Florida State alumni were growing weary of waiting while the program sagged.

Bowden stays busy, averaging between two and five speaking engagements a week and a bit more time on the golf course. And he still watches a lot of football games.

“I enjoy watching `em at home,” he said. “I don’t have to fight traffic.”