Monday, July 30, 2007

THE THREAD: RETRO IS COOL


Everything old, it seems, is new again -- from the revival of a coaching career that should really be over to the renewing of a rivalry that was on hiatus in name only.

Michigan and Notre Dame, together again. After much weeping and gnashing of teeth among their fan bases, the Wolverines and the Fighting Irish have decided to keep playing each other until 2031. The schools decided to extend the contract one year for every extra inch on Charlie Weis' waistline.


How many more years are we going to get beaten senseless?

Here we go again. One season after he was forced to can son Jeff Bowden, Pappy Bowden has decided to hire retain accept his son Terry as an "observer" of the FSU program. What exactly does an observer do?

Terry Bowden will have no input on plays or defenses, and he's not going to act as a consultant, either, Bobby Bowden said. Both of those scenarios have been the subject of rumors over the past week.
"Terry's not going to be helping with the program. Someone misunderstood," Bobby Bowden said Sunday morning at the Florida Sports Writers Association's annual gathering of the state's college football coaches. "He's not a consultant. I ain't asking him nothing." ...
Bobby Bowden said Terry, who will also spend time with his brother, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, is eager to coach again.

As an Auburn fan in the 1990s, there was nothing more thrilling than seeing Terry Bowden coach the Tigers to an undefeated season as a finger in the eye to the college football establishment that had (probably rightfully) banned the program from the postseason.

But it all collapsed in the painful, awful coda that was the beginning of the 1998 season. And you know what happens when Auburn coaches underperform.


Fire up the plane.

The circumstances of his firing remain slightly mysterious, but do the proper Google search and you can come up with the rumors of why Bowden "really" left the program.

At least Pappy knows enough to keep this son away from having anything to do with the actual success of FSU.

Elsewhere:
--Mack Brown has found the culprit for his players' problems. It's the reporters. "It's very interesting that when you have 130 kids, and 128 of them do everything right, if one gets in trouble, you stir it up about one or two." Mack, there's a job waiting for you in the Bush White House's Iraq operation if you want it.
--Georgia fans have found a different culprit. It's the Athens police department. But the chief of that department says that when you're driving a moped the wrong way on a one-way street with a suspended license, it is your fault.
--The jury is being selected for Mitch Cozad's trial. But his aunt wants you to know that he's "a wonderful young man." When, of course, he's not allegedly stabbing people.

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