[Bumped. Bobby Bowden's wife, Ann, is now speaking to the press about how Bobby has been "used" by the boosters who have now turned against him. Ugly stuff, this trading of barbs on a national stage, and an important distinction from what Penn State and Joe Paterno went through in the early part of this decade. While there are some parallels between that situation and the current mess in Tallahassee, Paterno never lost support of the institution and boosters in such a public manner. Inexplicable losing? Yes. Pissed off fans who wanted a change? Sure, myself included. But the big money remained firmly behind Paterno, along with decades of goodwill, enormous financial generosity toward the University, and a spotless NCAA rap sheet. When Penn State was struggling, many of us said and wrote that there was no way for the Paterno era to end in a clean fashion. The situation in Tally shows us why, especially because the parties involved seem unable -- and unwilling -- to handle the situation discreetly. That said, I'd be lying if I said I was enjoying every moment of this unfolding FSU debacle. -- RUTS]
It looks like it's a matter of time for Bobby Bowden now. Here is the link to a pretty excellent article detailing Coach Bowden's troubles, it seems like while academic fraud is bad, losing to South Florida & Boston College might be too much to bear. I remain in the “I'll believe it when I see it” camp for the time being, but there are some interesting things to note.
1] The article links to a YouTube video of a pre-game speech, Coach Bowden isn't very sharp in it. To put it mildly.
2] Apparently after the Jacksonville State near miss earlier in the year, he referred to them as "Troy" throughout the post-game interview.
3] One of his dummy kids (I think it was Terry) was talking about how they were going to raise the 5 Million for Jimbo Fisher's buyout so that he could continue to coach indefinitely. This has actually led to a rush of people associated with the University trying to make the point that this was decidedly not going to happen, basically making the point that he is done after next season no matter what.
4] Fans are now organizing “Blackout” protests, as a show of no support/confidence in Coach Bowden. Right now, they want him out at the end of the year.
I don't know. On one hand there is a tendency to gloat, at least a little. But I feel bad for the guy. It would have been a lot harder for Joe Paterno to get things going in the right direction again if we played 200 miles away from Florida instead of Pitt. It also seems kind of silly how bad a lot of their fans have turned on him too. It has all the makings of a bad ending for everybody down there.