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Nice to see, now we want to defeat you
By BRIAN LANDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published December 6, 2007
It's an intriguing subplot, to be sure, with Florida State's upcoming game against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.
The Wildcats' offensive line coach for the last three seasons is Jimmy Heggins, a former FSU running back and nose guard who spent 19 seasons on coach Bobby Bowden's staff in Tallahassee 1986 to 2004.
But just four days after the Seminoles' win in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005, Heggins resigned, a move long rumored as a way Bowden could inject new blood into a struggling offense. (Bringing in Mark McHale to coach the linemen wasn't the answer as it turned out and he, along with much of the offensive staff, was gone after the 2006 season.)
Bowden said at the time he was "sad to see him go" and now, that the Seminoles will be meeting Kentucky on Dec. 31 in Nashville, said he has kept up with how Heggins has done there.
"I saw his wife about a month ago, I guess it was after they beat LSU," Bowden said, "and I told her to be sure to tell him we're proud of him. And I am proud of him. I thought he did a great job here. I'm glad for him.
"I'm glad to see him successful and I thought he would be. I still want to beat him."
REMEMBER WHEN: The Seminoles have just one win in the five meetings against Kentucky, but that was a big one - 48-6 on Oct. 10, 1964 in Tallahassee. The Wildcats came into the game ranked No. 5.
"We had a shutout going into the last two or three minutes and they punted to us and our receiver fumbled on about our 10 and they got it and scored," said Bowden, an assistant on that FSU team. (Actually, it was the final minute and Kentucky recovered the fumble on the FSU 2.) "Our defense wanted a shutout real bad."
It would have been the Seminoles' fourth straight to open the year.
"It was a game," Bowden said, "where (quarterback Steve) Tensi and (receiver Fred) Biletnikoff were too much for them."
Tensi was 9 of 15 for 122 yards and three touchdown passes, two to Biletnikoff.
HOT TICKET: It took less than 24 hours for the Music City Bowl to sell out LP Field (68,798 seats), home of the NFL's Titans. It's the second straight year that's happened and there's a pair of common denominators: Kentucky and a coach named Bowden; Clemson's Tommy and now FSU's Bobby.
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: Bowden, a longtime voter in the coaches' poll, had LSU No. 1 and Ohio State No. 2. The coaches' Top 25, unlike the AP poll, is a component in the BCS formula.
"This was the toughest year," he said. "This was the oddest year; it fluctuated so much."
STUDENT INPUT: Safety Myron Rolle and women's basketball guard Mara Freshour are among the 24 members of the athletic director search advisory committee.
LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR: Former FSU and Bucs standout Warrick Dunn is up for the NFL and the Home Depot's "Neighborhood MVP of the Year," and you can help him win it by voting at www.shopandwin.homedepot.com/neighborhood.asp or www.warrickdunnfoundation.org. Fans and a panel of judges will select the NFL player who makes the most positive impact on his community through his charitable acts.
SERVING THE U.S.: Soccer coach Mark Krikorian will have to pack his bags for more than just five days in Texas for the Women's College Cup. After his FSU team competes in the national semifinals, he heads to California to assist new U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage at a five-day minicamp.