Bowden on the death of Miami DT Bryan Pata

The game of football is just that: a game. And when a player is taken from the game in a malice manner, the repurcussions are felt all over. Despite an in-state rivalry, the tragedy that occured to the Hurricanes football team Tuesday night has been felt at FSU, too.

Tuesday evening, the University of Miami lost a member of its football team when senior defensive tackle Bryan Pata was shot to death outside his home. The incident occurred after the Hurricanes had wrapped up their afternoon-early evening practice.

The effects of Pata's death were not just felt in Coral Cables as here in Tallahassee, Pata's brother, Edwin Pierre Pata, is a walk-on tight end for the Seminoles.

Wednesday evening, FSU coach Bobby Bowden shared his thoughts about the tragedy in South Florida.

On his reaction to the news:

"It's tougher on parents but to a coach where so many of these kids are like their sons it's tough on them and the team. Of course we have his brother here, who has gone home because of the situation. I have been through it twice and I hope I never go through it again."

On whether or not he has spoken to Miami coach Larry Coker (he added later that he would talk to him again Thursday):

"I talked to him this morning, I sure did. Just about that I had been through it and I know what they are going through."

On Pata's future:

"I tell you what, he would have been a top draft choice. I don't know if he would have been No. 1 or not. He'd be a high draft choice."


Pata, pictured here against the Seminoles in September.

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