Many would argue that it was time years ago. The question now is, will he step down this year or next year? That question has been raised a lot over the last two weeks. Local radio and newspapers have started to call for Bowden to retire at the end of the season. Every FSU fan I have spoken to supports that. But Bowden doesn't seem to want to go. He won't say when he plans to retire. If Jimbo isn't head coach by January 2011 the university owes him 5 million. But rumors are that Bowden is trying to raise as much to pay that off, and continue coaching. All the coaches outside of offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher are Bowden's guys. There are credible reports that linebackers coach Chuck Amato has punched and humiliated Jimbo Fisher on numerous occasions in front of players. Not only that but tight ends coach James Coley has reportedly punched defensive ends coach Jody Allen in the face. It's a bad situation. Amato was hired a few years ago by Bowden. He was hoping to be the next defensive coordinator when Mickey Andrews retires, but that hasn't happened. After Andrew's son died 2 years ago, it was reported that he wanted to retire, but was convinced once by Bowden and again by both Bowden and Fisher to stay. That's when the rivalry between Amato and Jimbo started. Jimbo knows the team is better off with Andrews than Amato, and Amato knows he will be gone once Jimbo takes over. Before the South Florida game, it was reported that Bowden was talking to some boosters on the phone and didn't get around to giving a pre-game speech. Jimbo tried to give that speech but Amato got in his face and said basically "how dare you, I am the associate head coach". Again, this has been mostly reported by local media (tomahawknation.com), and from people I know around the team and players. So instead of a pre-game speech, the players watch dysfunction among the coaches and go out on the field with no speech at all. On top of all his Bowden does no coaching at all. He says "that's not the head coach's job". As many have said "its time, enough is enough". Let Jimbo take over. The controversy has heated up now as big time FSU alum and chairman of the board of trustees at FSU has spoken out for change. http://m.espn.go.com/ncf/story?storyId=4531451 http://nolesports.tallahassee.com/article/20091004/FSU03/91004034 It's getting ugly, and it looks like Bowden won't be leaving happily, or on his preferred terms.