However, Bowden indicated on his local television call-in show Thursday night that he won't be affiliated with the university in any way for the immediate future and plans to move from Tallahassee, Fla., following the Seminoles' bowl game. Bowden, 80, announced Tuesday he's stepping down after 34 seasons.
"I will probably try to get away for a year," Bowden said during his show. "Let this coach (Jimbo Fisher) make the transition. I don't know if I will have any connection for awhile."
Bowden's show marked the first time the legendary coach addressed his decision to step down since releasing a video statement through the university Tuesday.
Bowden had a pair of meetings with president T.K. Wetherell and university officials earlier this week, where he expressed his desire to return for a final season in 2010. Wetherell said he hoped Bowden would remain at FSU in a fundraising capacity.
"I was kind of hoping to get another year," Bowden said on his show that he co-hosts with FSU play-by-play announcer Gene Deckerhoff.
"It was going to be either this year or next year. That was as far as I was going to go."
Close to 30 callers expressed their gratitude for what Bowden accomplished during his 34 seasons in Tallahassee. Bowden has a beach home in the nearby Panama City-Destin, Fla., area, and that's probably where he and wife Ann will settle next year.
When a caller said he hoped that Bowden wouldn't move, Bowden indicated he planned to walk off into the sunset in order not to be a distraction for Fisher.
"Will, I probably will," Bowden said.
"And I have a reason for that. I don't think it's wise for me to sit around in Tallahassee with a new coach taking the job. I told Jimbo (Fisher), I said, 'Look, any way I can help you, I'll be glad to do it.'
"But I don't think it's wise for me to say here and have people ask me, 'What did you think about this or what did you think about that?'
"That's not wise. I mean I ain't gonna move way out of town, but I won't be in Tallahassee."
Bowden's final game could come in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., against West Virginia, the team Bowden coached before taking over the Seminoles in 1976.