Sports gambling fans were really not surprised when Bobby Bowden announced that he will retire as head coach at Florida State after their online sports gambling bowl matchup. It has been a steady sports gambling slide for the Florida State Seminoles, who were the online sports gambling team of the 1990’s.
This year Florida State limped through the sports betting season with a record of 6-6 straight up and just 3-9 against the spread. Last year Florida State had a sports gambling record of 9-4 straight up but in 2007 they finished 7-6 straight up and 5-7-1 against the spread.
The sports gambling landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade and it has become obvious that the Seminoles were not going to be able to consistently keep up. The entire program had gotten stale on Bowden’s watch and he became less involved and more of a distant CEO type figure over the past few years.
Florida State also had a strange hierarchy of coaches with Coach in Waiting Jimbo Fisher, and three so-called Associate or Assistant Head Coaches. There was also a lot of cronyism on the staff and that came to a head at the end of the sports gambling season when defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews retired.
The sports gambling season could have been different for Florida State, however, if they could have gotten past Miami in the opening week. The Seminoles blew a 23-14 third quarter lead and lost 34-38 as 6-point home dogs. Had they won that sports gambling matchup it may have set the stage for a far different season.
Instead it was a huge emotional letdown that the Seminoles never recovered from. The sports gambling heat was turned full blast on Bowden after a 2-4 straight up start and a near loss to 1-AA Jacksonville State. Despite being the Father of Florida State football everyone realized that the time had come for the 80 year old Bowden to step aside.
He didn’t seem to realize it, however, until the regular season finale in which Florida State was destroyed by Florida 10-37. Bowden will coach against his old team, West Virginia, on January 1, in the Gator Bowl.