"Coach Bowden was kind of a CEO type," said Ponder, who already has earned a master's degree in business administration.
"There's always an argument over what conference is the best in the nation. Every year is a different year, and there's been the argument the ACC hasn't been as strong as the SEC and the Big 12," said Ponder, whose Seminoles visit Oklahoma next week. "That's a big thing for us. It is important for all of us to be able to compete outside our league and play well."