Rothstein has a nice, interesting article about the recruitment of Desmond Howard 25 years ago. Includes quotes from his father, Coach Moeller, and Desmond himself, as well as a few other people.
Desmond Howard's Recruiting Story
I definitely went to go see Michigan State, but sitting in front of George Perles is not even in the same ballpark as sitting in front of Bo Schembechler.
I went to his high school and knew 4-5 of the people mentioned. It was a very interesting read for me.
I'm in the class of 2013. Nice to have another Viking on the blog.
It seems like a recurring theme that John Cooper doesn't remember much.
What was your record against Michigan? I don't remember.
How was Bo Pelini as a Captian of one of your first teams? I don't remember
Did your players get paid or any other perks for playing well at OSU? I don't remember
Did you recruit Desmond Howard? I don't remember. You know, Desmond Howard? Heisman Trophy? I told you, I don't remember.
Coop. He always made me smile in November....
Go Vikings! Mr. Howard was one of our school's greatest athletes of all time.
Should have gone to Syracuse.
Maybe he could have even won a Heisman there . . . oops, never mind.
The interesting thing about Howard's Heisman is he probably doesn't win it if Alexander doesn't blow out his knee. Howard's production in receptions and yards was about the same in 91 as it was in 90, but all the TDs he scored in 91 probably would've been reduced had Alexander been healthy.
Didn't Alexander wear #40 when he blew out his knee??
I think your sarcasm meter is broken.
Interesting article. It reminded me of my (albeit limited) interaction with Desmond when I was in school. When Desmond's parents said he was serious about academics, I believe that. I had a class with him in '92 -- mass media communications I think it was called. He had already won the Heisman trophy, so he was like a superhero in that class. When he walked in to the room, a hush came over the class. Occasionally, people not even in the class would come in and ask him to sign some jerseys. He was about to be a first round pick in the NFL draft and a millionaire. Despite all of this, he never missed a class. That impressed me and I bring it up any time a cynic says that D1 football players aren't really student-athletes. Some are.
Wow, that's really interesting. So it sounds like Desmond always had a long term goal of getting into broadcasting or something along those lines. Nice to see someone of Desmond's athletic caliber having a long-term plan outside of football and working execute it.
Definitely interesting but its pretty poorly written. It seems like he could have written it as a more fluid story instead of being broken up with quotes like that.
Wonder how hard it is to get in touch with Bobby Ross these days
"I enjoyed my conversation and dialogue with the guys I met on my trip to Georgia Tech. They had some beautiful people down there, too. Beautiful women. "
He probably doesn't win the Heisman if he chose Tech, but he DOES win a (mythical) National Championship if he did. Bobby Ross rebuilt that program from the ground up; he would have been a key component on the 1990 team for sure.
And he's right about the honeys, too...Atlanta holds its own (though generally you need to leave the campus at Tech to take full advantage of that).
And Bobby Ross mentioned that they were trying to get their feet on the ground, to get to the level of Michigan and other programs. I think he did alright for himself with the shared MNC (with Colorado) in 1990-1991. I was a freshman in high school in Atlanta and the whole town was abuzz (see what i did there?) over the GT national championship.
Their basketball teams were pretty darn good in those days, too, with players like Dennis Scott, Kenny Anderson, Tom Hammonds, Jon Barry... Good time to be a GT sports fan.
...was Ray Goff going 4-7 at UGA in 1990. Arguably the most inept coach Georgia has ever hired. Too dumb to even come up with a ponzi scheme of his own (*cough*JimDonnan).
Coach Moeller is Desmond Howard's father!? Everything makes so much more sense now.
George Perles << Bo Schembechler. I don't think anybody would have an issue with this assessment.