Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles' Coordinator Pick on Hold

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles' Coordinator Pick on Hold

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TALLAHASSEE -- The search is complete, but the wait continues.

Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden will learn tomorrow -- National Signing Day -- how productive his nationwide-hunt for top high school football talent turned out.

But Bowden will have to wait a little longer to learn whether his choice to replace offensive coordinator Mark Richt, receivers coach and son Jeff Bowden, comes to fruition. That matter is in the hands of FSU President Sandy D'Alemberte, who must approve the appointment, which threatens to violate the university's nepotism policy.

University policy states: "Employment of related persons in a single organization or in work-related organizational units is permitted provided that such employment will not involve a conflict of interest."

Therein lies the rub. A member of the FSU coaching staff since 1994, Jeff Bowden reported directly to Richt, who was responsible for his job evaluation. The offensive coordinator's position, however, reports directly to the head football coach.

D'Alemberte has the authority to waive the university policy, but has declined to do so in the past. Short of the president changing his stance, the only way Jeff Bowden could be appointed coordinator would require a change in the reporting structure.

FSU Athletics Director Dave Hart, who has met with D'Alemberte several times to discuss the matter, is hopeful that issue will be resolved this week.

"We've got some components of the university looking into every facet of our existing nepotism policy," Hart said. "As soon as they're done with that . . . then we will enter into the discussion of the feasibility, within the parameters of that policy, to come up with some alternatives for the president's review."

A possible solution could lead to Jeff Bowden reporting to someone other than his father, though, all of FSU's assistants ultimately answer to college football's third winningest coach. …

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