Report: Bowden to announce retirement today

Longtime Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will announce his retirement today, ESPN reported, citing sources close to the situation.

The 80-year-old coach met with Florida State president T.K. Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman for an hour yesterday in Bowden's office.

"We'll finalize it [today]," Bowden told reporters as he departed a weekly booster luncheon. "We talked about our options."

ESPN reported that, in the meeting, Bowden was given two options: return in 2010 as an ambassador to the program, in which he would have little input in the day-to-day operations of the program, or retire after the Seminoles' upcoming bowl game.

Bowden, whose 388 career wins are second only to Penn State's Joe Paterno among major college coaches, has said he could not return as a head coach with no authority.

Sources told ESPN.com that offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, who was named Bowden's eventual successor near the end of the 2007 season, has agreed to contract terms to replace Bowden after this season.

The winningest coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Bowden teams put together the most dominant run in college football history between 1987 and 2000 with 14 consecutive finishes in the nation's top five and a pair of national titles.

But the Seminoles' fortunes haven't been nearly as good in recent years, finishing this year with a 6-6 record after starting the year with high expectations and a preseason No. 18 ranking.

Since winning their 12th ACC championship in 2005, the Seminoles have been 16-16 over the past four seasons against league opponents.

 

Noteworthy

 

* Alabama tailback Mark Ingram said his bruised hip is fine and he will "most definitely" be ready for the Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 1 Florida on Saturday.

No. 2 Alabama's tailback was injured in the fourth quarter against Auburn on Friday and played a limited role on the Crimson Tide's final winning drive in a 26-21 win.

* BYU quarterback Max Hall is apologizing for comments he made after the Cougars beat in-state rival Utah.

After BYU's 26-23 overtime win on Saturday Hall called the University of Utah and its fans classless and said the school deserved to lose. He made the remarks in the midst of complaining about the way his family was treated by Utah fans at the 2008 game at Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium. Hall said fans dumped beer on his family and did a "whole bunch of nasty things."

* Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone has fired three assistants, just 2 days after the Orange's season ended in a demoralizing loss to Connecticut.

Offensive coordinator Rob Spence, wide receivers coach Jamie Elizondo and defensive line coach Derrick Jackson will not be retained, the university said.

* Louisiana-Monroe will not renew the contract of coach Charlie Weatherbie. Weatherbie finished this season 6-6. In seven seasons with the Warhawks, he was 31-51.