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It wasn’t the way Bobby Bowden envisioned spending Thanksgiving Day and watching the Florida State-Florida football game two days later on Saturday.
The Seminoles’ legendary football coach spent four days in Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Hospital with pneumonia. Bowden, who turned 89 earlier this month, was admitted last Thursday and released Sunday. Bowden was feeling much better Monday.
“I feel pretty good but a little weak — just not very strong,” a raspy-voiced Bowden said from his home. “I don’t have any aches or pains, so that’s good. The doctor told me to take it easy this week.”
While it wasn’t the family’s Thanksgiving dinner, an appreciative Bowden thanked hospital employees for their care and hospitality.
“They kept me fed,” Bowden quipped. Bowden also spent Saturday watching college football games and channel surfing, starting with the Florida State-Florida showdown at Doak Campbell Stadium at noon.
Needless to say, Seminole Nation didn’t feel very good after the 41-14 defeat.
The Gators halted Florida State’s NCAA-best bowl streak, which began in 1982, and handed the Seminoles (5-7) their first losing season since 1976 — Bowden’s first season as head coach.
“I watched it until I had seen enough,” Bowden said.
It was a sour ending to a sour season under first-year coach Willie Taggart.
Bowden, who says streaks don’t last forever, again stressed Taggart deserves time to get the program turned in the right direction. He reminded fans of his losing record (5-6) in his first season in Tallahassee.
“There’s only one thing to solve it — recruiting,” Bowden said.
“You also need to check to be sure your coaches are doing a good job. There’s an old saying in coaching, ‘Don’t repeat your mistakes, don’t repeat your mistakes.’ A lot of times under a new staff that will occur. They have to get used to each other and how they operate.”