Bowden Not Worried About Scandal's Effect on Coaching Legacy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Florida State's Bobby Bowden says he isn't concerned about his legacy being stained by the school's current academic cheating scandal.

Bowden takes the Seminoles into Monday's Music City Bowl game against Kentucky short three dozen players either involved in the scandal, injured or left home for a variety of other reasons.

His record is impressive. Two national titles, a dozen Atlantic Coast Conference championships and 14 straight seasons of 10 or more wins and final five finishes in the AP poll.

There is, however, little question that the reputation of the folksy Alabama-born Bowden has taken some hits in recent years.

Bowden's decision to promote his youngest son, Jeff, to offensive coordinator in 2001, despite a school policy designed to prevent nepotism, was closely scrutinized from the onset.


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