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I wrote a story for today's paper on coach Bobby Bowden and how many Florida State fans seem to be waiting impatiently for him to duplicate the success he had with the program in the 1990s.

It's no secret that many Seminoles fans believe Bowden's best coaching days are past -- that he's the "problem."

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I think college football has changed since Bowden's Seminoles won national championships in 1993 and 1999. There are more schools trying to be big players -- consider the emergence of South Florida and Central Florida -- and more competition for recruits.

"I think there is a lot more parity than there was 10-15 years ago," said Michael Depiro, a Florida State grade from Alexandria, Va.

For the record, Depiro isn't among those calling for Bowden's retirement. "Obviously I'd like the team to do better. But at least as far as I'm concerned, he's entitled to hold on to the job."

I asked coach Friedgen about the fans who had been calling for Bowden's ouster. "People jump ship really easy," he said. "Cherish the ones who don't."

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