"We didn't intentionally play an ineligible player," he said yesterday. "We didn't know anyone was ineligible. We held out two guys, [Kevin] McNeil and [Joslin] Shaw. We felt like it was the right thing to do."
Bowden has 373 career victories, the most in major college history. One of Bowden's wins came by forfeit in 1983 when Tulane's 34-28 victory was reversed because it used ineligible players.
About two dozen Florida State players have been suspended for the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 against Kentucky for cheating on an online exam.
Florida State officials reported the incident to the NCAA in September and are eager to get it resolved without sanctions that could darken Bowden's final seasons at the school.
Penn State -- Felony assault charges were refiled against defensive tackle Chris Baker and linebacker Navorro Bowman, two weeks after a judge dismissed the same charges at a preliminary hearing. They're accused of being part of a group of more than a dozen people that beat a man during a fraternity party Oct. 7 at the student union building on the campus.
UCLA -- Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow withdrew from consideration for the Bruins' head coaching job.
Wisconsin -- Tight end Travis Beckum plans to return for his senior season with the Badgers. Beckum, a third-team All-America selection, had 73 catches and for 960 yards.
North Carolina -- Three people have been charged with robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping of three players. Police said the players were attacked early Sunday at their off-campus apartment.