Bowden watched the 60-minute documentary on the Seminoles' 2003 regular season and admitted Tuesday he was surprised by McPherson's comments made near the show's conclusion. McPherson was dismissed from the team two months ago following his felony arrest for his alleged role in a check forgery scam.
Bowden said he would not entertain any conversation surrounding McPherson's return until his case is resolved. Additionally, McPherson asked and received his release from the university, according to school officials.
"That was a change because the last I had heard he would not come back to Florida State because we wouldn't give him a second chance, or something like that," Bowden said.
"But until that situation is cleared up, I won't even consider it. Wouldn't even consider it."
Bowden, who addressed the media one final time before FSU (9-4) tangles with third-ranked Georgia (12-1) in Wednesday's Sugar Bowl, also said he was pleased with the ESPN show on the Seminoles. Many close to the program believed it cast a favorable tone on Bowden's team.
FSU has struggled on and off the field this season. The Seminoles have been hit hard by injuries and suspensions -- Chris Rix and Darnell Dockett won't play against the Bulldogs -- and will start a third-string quarterback (Fabian Walker) against Georgia.
"I thought it came out okay. I thought it ended positive. I appreciated ESPN making a positive thing out of it because you are concerned," Bowden said. "I think as free as I am with the press -- as free as I am with the press because I believe in the press -- I think some of them take advantage of us.
"I let people in my locker room after a rough loss and film what's going on, and you know there's going to be a calamity. You are actually scared that something negative is going to come out of it. But I thought it was a positive thing and I appreciated the way they handled it."
Bowden also was asked Tuesday how he remains so upbeat despite the adversity that clouds his program at times.
"Anybody who thinks they'll get through life without adversity has another thought coming," Bowden said.
"Adversity will come to you, to me, to my family, to my children, and you simply have to learn to deal with it. Yes, I've had adversity and I've been coaching for 50 years. ... you can't sweep it under the rug. But you have to face it, do what you must do and then move on."
##Bowden said reserve offensive lineman Alex Barron suffered an unspecified leg injury (contusion) in the Seminoles' final practice Monday but should be fine for the game.
##Bowden also was grateful for the pleasant weather since the team's arrival in New Orleans Dec. 26. The Seminoles held their workouts outdoors at Tulane. A severe rainstrom moved quickly through the area around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning but fans were greeted by relatively clear skies and wonderful temperatures Wednesday.
##The master of the well-timed quip, Bowden had this one for that former head coach at Florida following his photo shoot with Georgia coach Mark Richt Tuesday morning.
"I look over here at coach Richt and I keep saying to myself that it could have been Spurrier but it's Mark, one of ours, and I think we'll have the atmosphere for a great ballgame," Bowden said.
##Bowden said he last talked to Rix prior to the Seminoles' arrival in New Orleans and expects him back in Tallahassee for the start of school next week. However, Bowden said he has not talked to Dockett, who could opt to enter the NFL early and not return to FSU.
"He (Rix) will be back with us on Jan. 5 in Tallahassee," Bowden said. "But I have not talked with Darnell. I think it's good for Darnell to get home and think about his future, because he was trying to decide whether to come out or not."