For Bobby Bowden playing a former assistant coach is nothing new. In fact, Bowden plays his son Tommy every season when Florida State plays Clemson. But for Georgia head coach Mark Richt, playing Florida State in the Sugar Bowl is something new. Richt said that he is glad that the Sugar Bowl does not have national championship implications.
For more than one decade, Richt was either an assistant coach or the offensive coordinator under Bowden at Florida State. Bowden says that he has always been impressed with Richt. Bowden even went as far as to say that had he listened to Richt more while he was coaching in Tallahassee, Florida State would have been even more successful than was while Richt was there.
"If I would have just left that guy alone, I think that we would have one five national championships," said Bowden of Richt.
Terry Bowden, the son of Bobby Bowden and a football analyst for ABC, never played his father while he was coaching at Auburn. But Terry did say Sunday that "the student is going to beat the teacher" in the 2003 Sugar Bowl and Bobby Bowden did not argue with his statement.
"He's real smart isn't he," said Bowden of his son. "As you look at it (the FSU-Georgia match up) that looks correct," added Bowden about his son's statement.
Bowden went on to say that he has grown tired of playing his former staff.
"I am getting tired of it already," said Bowden. "They're all beating me. Chuck at NC State has beaten me twice, and now here comes Mark with a team that has just been dynamic this year."
Bowden went on to say that Richt has done such a good job with Georgia that it makes his Seminoles "look like we don't belong."
Bowden went on to say that it is good to play former coaches but that he had one reservation.
"Its kind of embarrassing getting beat by your boys," said Bowden.
Georgia hopes for one more victory for one of Bowden's Boys.
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