Bobby Bowden wanted to coach another year at Florida State, however, "that was out," as an option.
Bowden told the Associated Press yesterday that he wanted to coach next season. A day after meeting with university officials, Bowden announced Dec. 1 that he would retire following the Seminoles' bowl game.
The 80-year-old Bowden said he's getting over the "disappointment" of leaving Florida State a year earlier than he had planned. He's been cleaning out his memorabilia-filled office in addition to trying to get the Seminoles ready for their New Years' Day date against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
Regardless of the unceremonial ending to his 34 years at Florida State, Bowden said he has no hard feelings.
"No regrets whatsoever with the whole picture, big picture," he said. "I look at it for the 56 years, not what happened last year or the last 4 years or 5 years."
Jimbo Fisher will officially become FSU's new coach on Jan. 5.
"I wish I could've done better," said Bowden, whose 388 wins are second all-time to Penn State's Joe Paterno among major college coaches. "You're never satisfied. I think that's one reason you stay in it as long as you do. I always think there's one more chance, one more chance to have the big year."
* Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh bulled past the guys who play the glamour positions and proved you don't have to score touchdowns or toss passes to be the player of the year.
Spurred by a dominant performance against Texas in the Big 12 title game, Suh became the first defensive player voted the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year. He had already won two defensive player of the year awards - the Nagurski and Bednarik - and two for best lineman - the Lombardi and Outland. He also finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Suh received 26 of a possible 59 votes from AP voters to edge Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, who received 20 votes. Alabama's Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram finished tied for third with Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, each getting six votes.
* UNLV has hired Montana's Bobby Hauck as its next football coach, less than a week after he coached the Grizzlies in the FCS national championship game against Villanova, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press. UNLV has announced plans to introduce its new coach today.
* Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis is skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft. Some experts have slotted Davis as the third-rated, draft-eligible offensive tackle prospect behind Oklahoma State's Russell Okung and Oklahoma's Trent Williams.
In a bowl game last night:
* At Las Vegas, Max Hall threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 5 Brigham Young to a 44-20 win over No. 16 Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Hall gave the Cougars (11-2) their third win in five straight bowl appearances in Sin City, ending a streak of five consecutive bowl wins for the Beavers.
Hall threw touchdown passes to Luke Ashworth, Dennis Pitta and Manase Tonga.
Oregon State (8-5) appeared troubled by cold, windy weather and the lingering sting of missing the Rose Bowl. Sean Canfield completed only four passes in the first half as the Beavers struggled to sustain drives.