Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden walks the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. Florida won 37-10. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Bowden's era to end? (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

By Mark Memmott

The Orlando Sentinel says it has confirmed with a "high-ranking source within the university" that famed Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden will announce his retirement today.

At The Tallahassee Democrat, it's being reported that "Bowden's legendary coaching career at Florida State University is expected to end today."

It should be noted, though, that the Associated Press says Bowden told one of its reporters Monday evening "that he is still sifting through 'options' presented to him when he met with Florida State President T.K. Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman for an hour earlier in the day."

As USA TODAY's Game On! blog reminds us, from 1987 to 2000 Bowden's teams "won 10 or more games every season and captured national titles in 1993 and 1999. Since 1982 there has not been a single season that Florida State did not go to a bowl game."

He is No. 2 on the NCAA's all-time win list for Division 1 football coaches. Bowden's 388 career wins trail only the 393 -- so far -- of Penn State's Joe Paterno. Bowden is 80 and has been at FSU since 1976. Paterno turns 83 later this month.

Update at 2:55 p.m. ET: It's official. Bowden announced this afternoon that he is retiring after the season.

We've updated the headline on this post as well.

Update at 10:50 a.m. ET: Bowden told the AP this morning that he wants "to meet with my team first" before making any announcement. He's scheduled to talk to his players at 2:15 p.m. ET, AP adds.

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8:55 - December 1, 2009