Bowden at FSU is in kind of the same boat as Paterno, though I think if Paterno could control his players he actually would. I can't say the same for Bobby Bowden.
Ironic Lowe's Coaching Commercial
While watching a pretty entertaining, albeit frustrating game between Colorado and West Virginia (Colorado pulled the upset, 17-14 in OT), I saw a hilarious Lowe's Coaching Award commercial that drew a lot of thought.
As I understand it, Lowe's has a regional coach of the year award that they give out to, uhh, regional coaches that do well. Lloyd Carr won one of these trophies during his last year here at Michigan. I think Mangino from Kansas won the national coach of the year award from Lowe's. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
The tagline for this commercial was something along the lines of "this award goes out to the coaches that show character, integrity and strive for excellence on and off the field." I thought it was utterly hilarious that some of the coaches featured in the montage were the following:
Gee, can we think of any three coaches who deserve this coaching award any LESS than these three? (Obviously, yes is the answer, but we can save that for another time, a.k.a. the end of this post).
Weis absolutely berates his players when they don't do something well and then takes all the credit in the world when they do. It's as if he takes credit for them being fast, beacuse obviously, he's had experience with that in his life. Maybe at a buffet or something. I remember during the ND - SDSU game, they went to the sideline reporter after Tate missed a TD pass that was overthrown by The Emu and she said that Weis was quoted as saying "Tate, that's a great example of how you not running the correct route costs us points." If you watch the replay, Tate cuts and heads out to the corner of the endzone, causing his man to fall and he's open, but Emu overthrows him by a little bit. He had a shot and laid out for the ball, but it wasn't good enough for Weis. I hate defending Notre Dame in any way, shape or form, but that's horrible, especially to a young kid and then having it called out on national TV. I wish Tate had some more drops against us.
Saban? That's obvious, too. We can start with the recruiting hijinks that he has made and somehow he got his huge clas to fit into NCAA guidelines by pretty much giving people the boot and helping them along, so to speak. Also, he has no sense of discipline, like removing someone's suspension IN THE MIDDLE OF A GAME BEACUSE THEY WERE LOSING. I get a lot of joy that they STILL lost to Lousiana-Monroe last year. At home. Also, let's not forgot his penchant of leaving teams, i.e. Michigan State, LSU, the Miami Dolphins. How long will it take for him to leave Alabama? I'd say, oh, within three or four years or so. For Auburn.
As for Paterno, I can see why they used him in the commercial. He's a venerable old guy and finds a soft spot in your heart. A very small part, but nonetheless, he's in there. However, he's had SO much turmoil this offseason and even during the season with players getting in trouble with the law. Evans, who should be terrorizing quarterbacks right now is suspended until duly noted for some chronic problems. He's slowly losing control of his program, but I believe he's earned the right to go out on his own.
Seriously - why couldn't Lowe's used the coaches that won the damn award? Carr? Grobe? Mangino? Either they're not big enough names or they just wanted to go with the big name coach. Specifically, THREE coaches who represent the clear cut opposite of what that trophy represents.
As for who DOESN'T deserve this trophy?
Bobby Petrino : sort of a Saban clone.
Greg Robinson : how long until Kiffin coaches the Orange?
Phll Fulmer : because EVERYONE (except maybe UCLA fans) hates him
Thanks for reading.