Bobby Strikes Deal with Seminole Boosters!

Tallahassee, FL---Bobby Bowden and Seminole Booster Inc. have finalized a deal to bring the retired coach back into the fold for marketing and fundraising.

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2007 file photo, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden looks up towards the scoreboard during the first quarter against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl football game in Nashville, Tenn. Bowden will have to wait a little longer to find out if he'll lose up to 14 victories from his career coaching record. The NCAA gave its Committee on Infractions another week until June 2 to respond to Florida State's appeal of sanctions resulting from an academic cheating scandal. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, File)

Tallahassee, FL---It may have taken a six figure paycheck to do it, but Bobby Bowden is now officially back in the fold when it comes to Florida State athletics.

We knew coach Bowden had already agreed to make appearances at a couple of home games in the fall!

Now he's signed a marketing and promotions deal with Seminole Boosters. That news coming from the Club Monday through a press release.

The multi-year agreement which begins in 2014, will pay coach Bowden $250,000 annually, and gives him half the net royalty income from certain licensing deals.

After he was "nudged" out the door in 2009, Bobby said he would stay away from FSU football until his successor had established himself. Well Jimbo's won a BCS game, so Bobby must feel the timing is right. Or it could be bad feelings have subsided and he feels it's time to come back.

Whatever the case, Bowden will travel the country promoting Florida State Athletics, and help raise funds for the Club.

In the release from the Booster Club Monday Bobby said "I am excited about being back. One of the things I missed most about Florida State was the Seminole Boosters banquets that I did. You do that for 34 years, you get real personal. You've been knowing them for 34 years so it will feel good to see a lot of (friends) again.

"I hope most of it is golf," Bowden said with a wink, "but whatever it is I will be there."


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