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Ex-Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden: Let ex-coaches pick playoff teams

Hoping to see a title game Fans wait out a rain delay that held up the national softball championship finale between Oklahoma and Alabama in Oklahoma City. The game was not over at press time.

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Hoping to see a title game Fans wait out a rain delay that held up the national softball championship finale between Oklahoma and Alabama in Oklahoma City. The game was not over at press time.

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden said he is willing to be part of a committee that determines the participants of a four-team playoff.

"I think ex-coaches have a lot of wisdom," Bowden told "I watch the games. And I watch the game films on my iPad."

Bowden currently is part of the Legends Poll, composed of former coaches whose votes don't count toward the BCS.

Conference commissioners are set to meet June 13 and June 20 to discuss the playoff, including sites and how teams are chosen. A committee of school presidents is set to meet June 26.

Other ex-coaches interested in taking part are Texas A&M's R.C. Slocum, Ohio State's John Cooper, BYU's LaVell Edwards and Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer.

Florida-Georgia set: The game in Jacksonville on Oct. 27 will start at 3:30 and air on CBS. Other times announced were Alabama-LSU on Nov. 3 (8) and LSU-Arkansas on Nov. 23 (2:30). They also will air on CBS.

More SEC: Alabama coach Nick Saban said he wouldn't mind playing nine conference games. He said with Texas A&M and Missouri giving the SEC 14 teams, "You've almost got to play more games to get a true indication of who's the best team in the league." Last week, the league decided to stay at eight games.

FLORIDA ST.: Incoming freshman Jameis Winston, one of the nation's top high school quarterbacks last season, was taken in the 15th round of the baseball draft by the Rangers, but they expect him to play football. "I don't think it's a situation where we expect or hope that Jameis is not going to play football," said Kip Fagg, Texas' director of amateur scouting. "There is a possibility that Jameis could come out and play baseball … in the offseason."

Oklahoma St.: Running back Herschel Sims, dismissed from the team last week, was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery. Prosecutors say he forged two withdrawal slips for a combined $700 to take money from a teammate's account.

USC: Su'a Cravens, the top safety and 14th-best prospect overall in the 2013 class, according to, orally committed.

Track: USF's Jared Thomas took fifth in the discus at the NCAA championship in Des Moines, Iowa. He threw 194 feet 5 inches, 11-7 behind first place Chad Wright of Nebraska. Florida's Marquis Dendy finished 10th in the long jump at 24-113/4, USF's Neamen Wise 19th at 23-91/2 and FSU's Stefan Brits 20th at 23-13/4. FSU's Chelsea Whalen took 12th in the javelin at 155-7 and Michael Fout 15th in the 10,000 meters in 29 minutes, 47.25 seconds.

Men's basketball: Forward Jarrod Uthoff, whose transfer became national news when Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan initially refused to let him speak to every Big Ten and ACC school as well as Iowa State and Marquette, will attend Iowa. Uthoff, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said he didn't talk to coach Fran McCaffery but Iowa's system will best utilize his skills.

Women's basketball: Florida extended coach Amanda Butler's contract by two years, through 2016-17. In five seasons, she is 98-67 with two NCAA tournament berths.

Ex-Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden: Let ex-coaches pick playoff teams 06/06/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 11:57pm]
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