Oct. 21, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Top-ranked Florida State finalized preparations
for Saturday’s game at Clemson with a 15-period workout in shorts on
Thursday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium.
“It has been a good week of practice despite all of the
distractions,” said FSU head coach Bobby Bowden. “Our coaches have stayed
on the boys pretty good to keep them focused.”
The Seminoles worked on their game plan against their scout units
today. Florida State practiced with loud music pumped into the stadium
public address system to simulate the crowd expected at 85,000 on Saturday.
“I really hope it is a good crowd and I am sure it will be,” said
Bowden. “They have always been loud when we have been up there. That is
why we worked out with the noise today.”
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews missed Thursday practice to be
with his ill father, who is in a Dothan, AL hospital.
Saturday’s game marks the first time a father (Bobby) and his son
(Clemson head coach Tommy) have taken the field against each other as head
coaches in major college football. A Seminole win would give Bobby Bowden
his 300th career coaching victory, becoming the fifth Division I-A head
coach to reach the plateau.
The contest kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and will be
televised by ESPN.
Just one Florida State player is listed on head trainer Randy
Oravetz’s injury report. Senior wide receiver Ron Dugans is marked as
probable with a bruised chest.