Bobby Bowden was forced to retire

It is official. Bobby Bowden was forced out at Florida State.

“Fired might be a little too strong,” the former Florida State coach said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. “Pushed out ain’t bad. I was pushed out, no doubt about it. I didn’t want but one more year. Gosh, I’m 80.”

Bowden also told the AP, “I didn’t want them to spread the story that I voluntarily, happily resigned,” said Bowden, who was in New York to begin a promotional tour for his new book, “Called to Coach.”

Read more on Bowden, Florida State and the former coach’s relationship with the FSU president in the AP story below: