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Florida State: Seminole insider website Warchant.com, a Rivals affiliate, suggested Friday that the 79-year old head coach is losing favor with the school's decision makers and is considering signing with the University of Alabama at Birmingham if he is forced out at FSU. The site doesn't name the source of the information, but notes that it is a very reputable one, saying that the school is currently working on a buyout package worth around $4.5 million if Bowden retires at the end of the year.
"Even though it's still in the very early stages, we've heard there is some talk going on behind the scenes between the Bowden camp and a school in his hometown, the University of Alabama at Birmingham," the site's founder Gene Williams wrote in a blog. "At first I figured this was a crazy rumor, but it came from a good source, and we've heard it may have some legs."
The source also said that the school has finalized a contract with head coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher to take over the managerial duties as early as January 2010, which makes Bowden leaving even more possible. In his 34th and final season, he would be a mere figurehead to the team and it's likely he wouldn't accept that role.
The deal is believed to afford Fisher with complete control over the coaching staff, Bowden has lobbied against.
For the record, FootballScoop thinks this is ridiculous. Bowden to UAB is not going to happen.