Bobby Talks About Winston Situation and How FSU Handled It

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2007 file photo, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden looks up towards the scoreboard during the first quarter against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl football game in Nashville, Tenn. Bowden will have to wait a little longer to find out if he'll lose up to 14 victories from his career coaching record. The NCAA gave its Committee on Infractions another week until June 2 to respond to Florida State's appeal of sanctions resulting from an academic cheating scandal. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, File)

Panama City, FL---It's alway interesting to get to hear coaching legend Bobby Bowden speak. It's particularly interesting these days as his former program, Florida State gets set to go after a third national championship.

That was certainly one of the topics of discussion as Bobby and his son, former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden spoke at an FCA fundraiser in Panama City Tuesday night.

They called it a Fireside Chat with the Bowdens talking about father-son relationships, their faith and other serious topics.

They also talked football, and answered questions from the sellout crowd assembled at Gulf Coast's Student Union.

Before the event began, I had the chance to speak with Bobby who said he's excited FSU is finally going to get to play a bowl game in Pasadena. He also spoke to us about all that's occurred off the field this season with Jameis Winston!

"I thought they handled it as good as you could handle it," Bobby told us "because it's such a sensitive thing and it's so explosive. I thought Florida State University, Jimbo the Athletic Director, the athletic department and the players themselves handled it good, by keeping their mouth shut. Let your lawyer handle it. I'm sorry that happened. There's no way that is good, yes he didn't get charged but there's no way that's good. You know it. And I hope that, I imagine that he learned a real big lesson from that."

Winston headed to New York for the Heisman ceremony this weekend. Coach Bowden says he has a speaking engagement in the Pasadena area the week of the title game but won't stay out there for the game, he says he can't enjoy the game when he attends because of all the demands for autograph and his attention.