Bobby Bowden went live Wednesday with Rece Davis on ESPN's new daily college football show. The winningest coach in college football talked about his new staff and renewed focus on a national championship.
"It's as simple as this: I'd rather coach than retire. This will be my 55th year of college coaching. I feel just as excited this year as when I started.
"I feel that if we could not win a national championship with me, I think I'd go ahead and get on out. But I still think we can do it and I want to prove it. Of course, a lot of dead coaches said that, didn't they?"
On his staff changes:
"I think we've got the best you can get. You know, this is my last shot. I'm not talking about retiring next year, but I think this staff here -- I think we can get it done."
On which new coach's impact would be most evident on the field?
"Could be Trickett. He's been very successful wherever he's been. I think we've got enough skill that can get the job done if we can get the job done up front. He's gonna play a lotta young guys, you know. You gotta do it his way. That means a lot of young guys will end up breaking in there. That means it'll take a little bit longer, but it'll get done."
Later, Davis was joined by ESPN analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May, who both gave their take on the new-look Noles.
Holtz: "I think bringing in Coach Trickett from West Virginia will make all the difference in the world. And don't underestimate the impact that Coach Dawsey will have with the wide receivers. I think this staff will make a tremendous change, positively for Coach Bowden."
Mark May: "Rick Trickett is obviously a huge upgrade for this offensive line. But let's look at Jimbo Fisher who's coming in to run the offense. I think that's gonna be instrumental in Florida State throwing the ball vertically down the field. We're finally gonna see these quarterbacks at Florida State -- Xavier Lee, Drew Weatherford -- have a swagger. They haven't had that swagger where they've had that confidence in this offense. And I think a lot of it's gonna be due first and foremost to the running game, the protection of the offensive line, and having the receivers step up and make plays. And plus, you now have an offensive coordinator that coached the first pick in the NFL draft in Jamarcus Russell."