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Florida State Football Sets Sights On Sooners For Repeat

Dec. 27, 2000

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By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI – Florida State coach Bobby Bowden shrugged off potential
distractions facing his Seminoles as they practiced in Miami for the first time
Wednesday in preparation for the Orange Bowl.

When they face top-ranked Oklahoma next Wednesday with the national
championship at stake, the Seminoles must adjust to the absence of All-America
receiver Marvin Minnis and the impending departure of offensive coordinator
Mark Richt. Minnis was dismissed from school last week for academic reasons,
and Richt this week accepted the head coaching job at Georgia.

“I tell you what, if you can’t handle distractions nowadays, you ain’t
going to make it,” Bowden said. “It’s as simple as that, man, because
everybody’s got them. Every time I look at the paper, somebody is getting
suspended or somebody flunked out or somebody changed jobs. You just have to
adjust to it the best you can.”

Richt will continue with his Florida State duties until after the Orange
Bowl.

“I want to see how the Georgia head coach can call plays,” Bowden said.

Florida State officials flew from Tallahassee to Miami on Wednesday. Many
players, including more than a dozen from Miami, arrived at the team hotel by
car after spending the holidays with their families. Several players had
flights delayed by bad weather and missed the first workout.

Oklahoma arrived Tuesday.

By Florida State standards, Bowden plans to keep a relatively tight rein on
his players leading up to the game. They won’t be allowed to drive.

“I don’t want them to be able to get in that car and take off to anywhere
they want to go,” he said.

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