July 17, 2002
Atlanta, GA –
Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden’s in-depth conversation with
anchor/reporter Paul Crane airs on Fox Sports Net’s SOUTHERN SPORTS
REPORT, Wednesday, 7/17 at 10 p.m. EDT (or immediately following FSN’s
telecast of the Florida Marlins @ Atlanta Braves game).
Last season was the first in the past nine that the Seminoles failed to win
the ACC championship. After losing four games in 2002, Bowden, who is tied
with Paul W. “Bear” Bryant as the second all-time winningest NCAA Division
I-A coach (323 victories), speaks candidly about his expectations for the
’02 season. “Until somebody starts playing Miami and Florida, you know, I
will never apologize for my schedule,” Bowden says.
Bowden also discusses last year’s decision to start a freshman quarterback
for the first time in his 35-year collegiate coaching career. He shares his
thoughts about sophomore Chris Rix, who, Bowden says, brings a dimension to
the game unlike any quarterback he has ever coached.
In the interview, Bowden speaks in a surprising manner about in-state rival
Florida and former coach Steve Spurrier. “Steve was the perfect fit; I was
shocked when he left,” he says.