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Bowdens still chat, guardedly

By BRIAN LANDMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000


TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden and his son Tommy, the coach at Clemson, don't need to set ground rules for their telephone conversations this week.

Not much will change just because their teams play in a ballyhooed showdown for the Atlantic Coast Conference title Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"We'll talk," papa Bowden said. "If I don't hear from him, I'll probably call him somewhere around Thursday just to see how he's doing and everything."

The two talked Sunday morning, and Bobby said he and his son talked "pretty seriously" about the extent of Clemson star quarterback Woody Dantzler's injury.

Did he believe everything Tommy told him?

"I can believe half of it, I guess," he said, laughing. "He told me some stuff without telling me something. I still don't know where he stands. He'll shoot me pretty straight on the thing; I'll shoot him pretty straight. But I wouldn't divulge anything that would give him one drop of an advantage, and I'm sure he won't to me, either."

That's par for the course.

"We don't get real specific on a week-to-week basis anyway because we play each other, and you'd hate to divulge too many of your concerns and weaknesses," Tommy said. "There's always a little bit of camouflage in the conversation."

FINALLY GOT ONE: Reserve cornerback Stanford Samuels blocked a North Carolina State punt early in the fourth quarter, the first blocked kick by FSU this season. The Seminoles blocked seven kicks last season. "All they had to do was put me on the corner," said Samuels, who played that spot for the first time.

TIME CHANGE: Wake Forest has changed the start of its game against FSU on Nov. 11 from noon to 3:30 p.m. It has nothing to do with television. The game is not on television, and Wake moved the start to its non-TV time.

NEW ATTITUDE: For the first time in its six years, the women's soccer team heads to the ACC tournament to do more than play out the string. No. 7-seeded FSU opens play Thursday against No. 2 Wake Forest, a team it beat 2-0 on Oct. 5 in Tallahassee.

"The players are honestly excited about going," coach Patrick Baker said.

FSU (12-6-1 overall, 2-4-1 in the powerful ACC), ranked No. 16 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, believes it can seal its first NCAA Tournament berth, and perhaps the right to host first-round tournament games, with a win against No. 22-ranked Wake Forest.

The NCAA field of 48 teams will be announced Sunday night. The top 16 receive first-round byes, and the other 32 play Nov. 8. FSU bid to host the first three rounds.

BASKETBALL INJURY: Sophomore guard Molly Beal had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Tuesday and will be out 4-6 weeks. Beal averaged 3.8 points last season. The women open the season Nov. 19 against visiting North Carolina-Asheville.

SETTING A TONE: Freshman setter Jennifer Anderson, who had 82 assists in volleyball wins against Virginia and Maryland, was named the ACC Rookie of the Week. Anderson recently returned from a stress fracture of her right tibia after missing 13 matches and is rounding back into top form. That should help the team as it closes its home schedule with matches against league rivals Wake Forest on Friday and Duke on Sunday.

ACC HONOR: Senior Greg Main-Baillie, who won the 200-meter freestyle (1 minute, 42.02 seconds) and the 200 backstroke (1:51.61) in a dual meet with Georgia Tech, was named ACC Swimmer of the Week.

- Brian Landman covers Florida State athletics. He can be reached at (813) 226-3347 or by e-mail at landman@sptimes.com.

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