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Miami QB battles injury

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Associated Press
December 23, 2009

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris still has a sore thumb on his throwing hand, although he will play when the 14th-ranked Hurricanes face No. 24 Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl.


Harris said Tuesday the end-of-semester break made him believe the thumb was improving, but pain returned on the first snap he took when Miami began bowl practice. He was hurt against North Carolina on Nov. 14 and continued playing, though the thumb was wrapped for the Hurricanes’ final two regular-season games.


The exact injury has not been revealed. Harris does not know if he’ll need offseason surgery.


Bowden ’disappointed’ about leaving a year early

Bobby Bowden said Tuesday that while he wanted to coach another year at Florida State, “that was out” as an option.


Bowden announced his retirement Dec. 1—a day after expressing a desire to coach in 2010 during a meeting with university officials.


“I wanted to, but that was out,” he told The Associated Press as he motored his golf cart onto Florida State’s practice field for the final time Tuesday. “I’m disappointed, but that wears off.”


Jimbo Fisher will officially become FSU’s new coach on Jan. 5.


Regardless of the unceremonial ending to his 34 years at Florida State, Bowden said he has no regrets or hard feelings.


“No regrets whatsoever with the whole picture, big picture,” the 80-year-old coach said. “I look at it for the 56 years, not what happened last year or the last four years or five years.”


After an unprecedented 14-year run of top five seasons that ended in 2000, Florida State (6-6) has lost six games in a season, three of the last four years. The Seminoles need a win Jan. 1 over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl to give Bowden a 33rd straight winning season.


“I wish I could’ve done better,” said Bowden, whose 388 wins are second all-time to Penn State’s Joe Paterno among major college coaches.


“You’re never satisfied,” Bowden later told writers waiting for him after Tuesday’s practice. “I think that’s one reason you stay in it as long as you do. I always think there’s one more chance, one more chance to have the big year.”


Besides preparing the Seminoles for their bowl date, Bowden has been cleaning out his memorabilia-filled office.


“I’m just fixing to start a new life,” Bowden said.


“At my age it’s the direction I should be going. I’ve got to see what’s out there for me.


“It’s a change that comes to everybody if you’re lucky enough to live long enough,” said Bowden, who plans to focus his future efforts on young people.


And, he said he’ll be keeping an eye on the Seminoles.


“I’ll always pull for Florida State,” Bowden said.


the Beavers struggled to sustain drives. He finished 20 for 41 for 173 yards and an interception.


“We hate leaving that opportunity out there,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. “They controlled the ball, converted third downs and scored when they were going into that gale force, and that was very good by them.”


The normally dependable Rodgers fumbled for the first time in his college career in the first quarter, on his 621st touch, and Matt Bauman returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead score. Officials used replay to see whether Canfield’s checkdown toss to Rodgers was a lateral or a forward pass, and upheld the touchdown.


Oregon State finished with three turnovers, including a fumble by Rodgers’ brother James.


“It took all 11 players to do what we had to do to contain those two,” Mendenhall said.



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