Heading into Monday's opener, the Florida State coach was second on the career wins list with 382, two behind Penn State's Joe Paterno
DP: What makes you feel young?
BB: I'm old. I'm 79, but I feel 55. I think the whole thing is if you're healthy; and I enjoy doing what I'm doing.
DP: Do you coach differently at 79 than at 55?
BB: You delegate responsibility more. I've got a darn good staff, and I think the key to it is, leave them alone. People think the head coach is the coach. Ninety-five percent of the time they're mistaken. The head coach, his job is to solve problems.
DP: So, are you a good problem solver?
BB: [Laughs.] Depends what the problem is. Sometimes I am and sometimes I'm not. I haven't solved that NCAA thing, I'll tell you that. [Sixty-one Florida State athletes in 10 sports, including football, were found to have committed academic fraud, and Bowden is appealing an NCAA ruling that could cause him to be stripped of 14 wins from 2006 and '07.]
DP: How important are those wins to you?
BB: It's tough to coach for 55 years and never have been involved in cheating, and all of the sudden 14 of your games are taken away. It doesn't seem right. We did the right thing, Dan. We're the ones who spotted it, not [the NCAA]. We did all of their work for them and turned ourselves in. And we fired the people that were responsible. We gave all of [the players] F's, suspended them for four games, took away scholarships. How much do you need to do?