Jeff Bowden apologizes to Seminoles for disruptions

Updated: November 16, 2006, 8:14 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden apologized to the Seminoles on Thursday for the disruption surrounding his decision to step down after the season.

"He said he apologized for the distraction," left tackle Mario Henderson said. "But we as a team were like, 'Hey, it's no big deal. That's a decision you made that you thought was best for your family. We respect that. There's no hard feelings.'"

Bowden announced his resignation Tuesday and had not spoken to the team about his departure.

Florida State (5-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try for a second straight week to secure its sixth victory on Saturday against Western Michigan (7-3, 6-2 Mid-American Conference), which would make the Seminoles bowl eligible. They have not missed a bowl since 1981.

Coach Bobby Bowden left practice early with an illness.

Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said the coaches have done their best to keep the team focused amid all the distractions this week.

"The thing that we tried to do is to focus in on getting ready to play a football game," Andrews said. "You can have different kind of distractions or whatever, but we have to be about football and about preparation."

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