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    Friday, November 17, 2006

    Reporters Notebook

    News from around the state and the country regarding FSU football and related issues.

    USAToday has been running a special on collge football programs and the economics of the programs. To say that there is big money at the major colleges is an understatement. They ran an article regarding unusual provisions in head coach's contracts.

    One they mentioned was the so called anniversary clause in Bobby Bowden's contract." •Anniversary pay: Florida State's Bobby Bowden got $250,000 last January in recognition of his 30th season at the school. He got $75,000 for his 25th anniversary in 2001. "


    An article in The Tallahassee Democrat by Steve Ellis regarding the Jeff Bowden severance package asks Dave Hart about the offensice coordinator position. Among offensive coordinators who are being tied to FSU's search, LSU's Jimbo Fisher has a two-year deal reportedly worth $1 million. "We will pay according to what that person would warrant in the market," Hart said.


    Gene Frenette of the Florida Times Union comments on the Jeff Bowden Resignation. In part he states, "The plug that Jeff Bowden mercifully pulled on himself Tuesday can only be the start to fixing a near-comatose Florida State offense.

    A good start, yes, but this repair job goes well beyond simply finding a replacement for the son of a legend, who graciously fell on the sword for a father who stubbornly stood by him for too long."


    The St. Pete Times has an article regarding a potential replacement for Jeff Bowden, Chris Hatcher, head coach at Valdosta State. Hatcher is a a close friend of FSU linebackers coach and executive head coach Kevin Steele (Steele's son Gordon plays at Valdosta State) and has worked with quarterbacks Daunte Culpepper at UCF and Tim Couch at Kentucky.


    Among other newspapers, the Tampa Tribune reports that Jeff Bowden met with the Seminoles prior to practice Thursday and apologized for the distraction his resignation caused this week. Thanks Jeff

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