Ann Bowden: “They Need Us More Than We Need Them”
Posted by William Kristoph
Cruise on over to the Tallahassee Democrat’s Nolesports.com for the full article, but here’s the quote from Ann Bowden that sums up everything.
If FSU doesn’t give it to him, she says, “You know, we don’t need the university as much as they need us â€” as much as they need him and his connections and reputation and everything. If they want to pull that trick, we’ll just shake the dirt off our feet and go to Europe or go on a long cruise or something.”
Smug? Delusional? Arrogant? All of the above?
Go to Europe Ann. Seriously, just go. Take the whole clan with you, Tommy, Jeff, FSU-North coach Terry. Just take them all and have a very nice Bowden Family European Vaction, maybe with a reality show. Maybe make it something like Coach Survivor or something, where each one gets a crack at recruiting FSU runoffs to their Division II program. FSU has paid out plenty to the entire family for their services (or lack thereof in Jeff’s case) for years. FSU needs Bobby Bowden more than he needs FSU? I don’t think that’s the case. I think, maybe, neither one of them needs the other any more.
Quotes like the above do nothing but solidify the fact that I can’t wait for the FSU football program to go in another direction. I think the Bowdens underestimate the fact that while FSU does need a great football program and the money that goes along with it, FSU does not need a great Bowden-led football program. The scary thing is that the administration is going to half ass it yet again and continue the tradition of caving into the wishes of a football coach, instead of doing what’s right for the university.