Bowden 'disappointed' about leaving a year early

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Bobby Bowden says he wanted to coach
another year at Florida State, however "that was out" as an

Bowden told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wanted to
coach next season. A day after meeting with university officials,
Bowden announced Dec. 1 that he would retire following the
Seminoles' bowl game.

The 80-year-old Bowden says he's getting over the
"disappointment" of leaving Florida State a year earlier than he
had planned.

He's been cleaning out his memorabilia-filled office in addition
to trying to get the Seminoles ready for their New Years' Day date
against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.

Bowden, who has coached since leaving college 56 years ago, says
he's preparing to move on with other challenges.