So it's settled: Bobby Bowden will coach Florida State in its bowl game, and then he'll step down as the Seminoles' football coach.
Congratulations to Florida State for making it look like Bowden's idea.
It was not, of course. Basically, the school gave the 80-year-old an offer he couldn't accept -- relinquish all relevant coaching duties to the longtime coach-in-waiting, Jimbo Fisher and become a mere figurehead.
It goes without saying that would have been unacceptable to anyone, let alone one of the winningest college coaches of all time. And so Bowden chose to "retire," instead.
It's hard to put into words just how despicable this is.
Look, no one argues that it was time for Bowden to go. I even said so here on the Blob not all that long ago. The program clearly had slipped. Bowden clearly had lost his magic.
But apparently all he was asking for was one more season on the sideline -- and frankly, Florida State owed him that much. The program it was trying to save, after all, is the program Bowden built from the ground up. Florida State wouldn't have a football program worth talking about if it weren't for him -- or one worth saving.
Ingratitude has rarely been more glaring.