Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FLORIDA STATE NOTEBOOK; Early Bowl Changes Seminoles' Pattern

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FLORIDA STATE NOTEBOOK; Early Bowl Changes Seminoles' Pattern

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State resumed its disjointed preparation for the Dec. 27 Emerald Bowl on Saturday, returning to the practice field for the first time in a week.

For years, Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden has maintained virtually the same practice schedule while preparing for a bowl. But the early date of the game, combined with final exams this past week, have led to a juggling of that routine.

"We might lose a day of practice, but we can double-up and make up for it," said Bowden, whose team will practice every day leading up to the game now that school is out. "We're going to double-up Monday

and Tuesday, but we get about the same amount of time on the field that we normally get."

FSU hasn't played a bowl game before Jan. 1 since the 1990 season, when it met Penn State in the now-defunct Blockbuster Bowl in Miami.

In previous seasons, the Seminoles would work out for a week before breaking for final exams, then resume practice on Friday of exam week. With too many players locked into Friday finals, they couldn't return to the field until Saturday.

"I think this will be good," said Bowden, whose team will practice 12 consecutive days before meeting UCLA at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

The team is scheduled to depart for San Francisco on Friday, Dec. 22.

COACHING TIDBITS

The Minneapolis Star- Tribune reported in Saturday's editions that both FSU and Miami have inquired about the availability of Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers for their vacant offensive-coordinator jobs. Vikings coach Brad Childress said Rogers, formerly offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, wouldn't be able to interview with the schools before the conclusion of the NFL season. ... Outgoing Seminoles offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden's name has been bandied about as a possible candidate for a job on Mark Richt's staff at Georgia. …

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