Legendary former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, 89, is home after spending the four-day Thanksgiving weekend in the hospital with pneumonia, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
“I feel pretty good but a little weak — just not very strong,” a raspy-voiced Bowden told the Democrat 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.”
Bowden was admitted Thanksgiving Day to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and released Sunday.
He said he spent Saturday watching college football, starting at noon ET with the Florida State-Florida game at Doak Campbell Stadium.
That couldn’t have made him feel much better.
“I watched it until I had seen enough,” Bowden said.
The Seminoles lost, 41-14, ending their NCAA-best bowl streak that began in 1982 and assuring FSU (5-7) of its first losing season since 1976, Bowden’s first year as head coach.
But he added that Florida State fans need to be patient in the wake of coach Willie Taggart’s first season, reminding them that after that 5-6 season in ’76 he went on to go 304–97–4 at the school as part of a Hall of Fame coaching career.
“There’s only one thing to solve it,” Bowden said of the Seminoles’ struggles. “Recruiting.”