Friday, December 13, 2002
Jim Gladden named associate head coach
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Bobby Bowden's youngest son was named
Florida State's offensive coordinator Tuesday after the university
found a way to circumvent its nepotism policy.
Jeff Bowden, who has been the Seminoles' receivers coach since
1994, will replace new Georgia coach Mark Richt as coordinator, but
will report to longtime assistant Jim Gladden.
Gladden, who was promoted to associate head coach, will evaluate
the younger Bowden and his pay will be set by athletic director
David Hart, Jr.
The university policy states: "Employment of relatives within a
single organizational unit is discouraged, except when it becomes
necessary because of shortage of qualified personnel."
The school also has several other similar family relationships
in other departments where special reporting requirements were
developed to get around the policy.
University President Sandy D'Alemberte said he was confident
Jeff Bowden is the most qualified person to take over as offensive
Bobby Bowden, who has led Florida State to two national
championships and nine straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles
since 1992, has not commented on the school's nepotism policy.