Bobby Bowden says he hasn’t done as well as he wanted these past few seasons at Florida State, “but I’ve had wonderful years, no regrets . . . nothing lasts forever, does it?’’
Bowden announced yesterday he will end his 44-year coaching career after the Seminoles play in a bowl game, bringing a close to one of the greatest runs in major college football.
Bowden will retire as the second-winningest coach in major college football behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno. The folksy coach has won 388 games at Samford, West Virginia, and Florida State, where he spent the last 34 seasons.
The Seminoles are bowl eligible at 6-6. Bowden won two national titles with Florida State, in 1993 and 1999, and has a 315-97-4 record with the Seminoles.
In other coaching news:
■ Gary Patterson is close to a multiyear contract extension with BCS-bound TCU, the deal coming amid speculation that he could be a candidate to fill the Notre Dame vacancy.
■ South Carolina’s president Harris Pastides and athletic director Eric Hyman said they will recommend a one-year contract extension for Steve Spurrier to the school’s board of trustees, which will keep Spurrier tied to the Gamecocks through 2013.
Coach Urban Meyer said that Dunlap won’t play Saturday, adding that there is no timetable for his return. Meyer called Dunlap’s actions “stunning.’’
Dunlap, a 20-year-old junior, was arrested at 3:25 a.m. The defensive MVP of the Bowl Championship Series national title game in January, he has started every game this season for the defending champs. He has seven sacks.
Purdue 69, Wake Forest 58 - E’Twaun Moore scored 22 points to help the No. 4 Boilermakers (6-0) beat the visiting Demon Deacons in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
North Carolina 89, Michigan St. 82 - Ed Davis scored a career-high 22 points to help the No. 10 Tar Heels win at home against the No. 9 Spartans in a rematch of last season’s national championship game. Larry Drew had 18 points for North Carolina (7-1), which led most of the game before having to hold off a rally by Michigan State (5-2).
Florida 80, Florida A&M 59 -Dan Werner scored 16 points, Alex Tyus added 15, and the No. 13 Gators dropped the Rattlers to improve to 7-0.
Cincinnati 94, Texas Southern 57 - Rashad Bishop scored 14 points and the No. 22 Bearcats rolled at home.