Bowden: restrictive drug testing needed

Bobby Bowden was no stranger to off-the-field crises as a football coach. And he knows he would have to be more of a micro-manager if he were still coaching today.

The former Florida State coach spoke at Georgia's annual coaching clinic Friday. With several Bulldogs players in the news because of drug-related issues, Bowden said he sees the need for restrictive drug testing.

From DawgNation's David Ching:

"Our society needs it," Bowden said. "You need something to try to deter these boys and these girls from getting into drugs. It's all throughout society. Why are football players any worse than anybody else? Everybody else is doing the same dadgum thing, you know? So if you have something that deters them, yes we all ought to do it. But there's going to be some that fall through the cracks."

Bowden thinks a wide substance abuse-related policy — at either the conference or national level — would help.

The 82-year-old Bowden said he supports Georgia coach Mark Richt, a former 14-year assistant of his.