By J. Henderson
– Fellow WordPress blog’s West By God Virginia’s “nuff-said” endorsement of former Auburn coach Terry Bowden’s candidacy for WVU head coach. An overnight cyber-sensation, WBGV is the apparent source of Monday’s net-melting rumor of Nick Saban’s interest in the West Virginia job; on Monday, that particular item received 68, 530 hits and was the most viewed post of any WordPress blog.
Acknowledging his apparently very West Virginian background (and of course his early, but now altered, wiki-status as prime contender, which I linked to last week honestly thinking it was a joke) I’m still rather surprised at how taken the national sports media seem with the prospect of Bowden at the helm in Morgantown – 9 years rusty, a solid, proven, but by no means dynamite record at Auburn, despite his spectacular first 20-games winning streak… and Dennis Dodd, who says there is “no downside” to Bowden-WVU marriage, is essentially ridiculing WVU’s athletic director for even considering someone else (“[Hiring Bowden] is such a slam dunk that even Spud Webb could hang on the rim.”)
It’s just that, what with the current trending of the coaching carousel, I suppose I was expecting the Mountaineers, in order to sustain their millennial éclat, to limit their search exclusively to rising hot shots, not someone looking to return to coaching, regardless of how famously-fathered or alumni’d they are.
Not that anyone ever said Terry couldn’t coach (to this day the standard Auburn gripe revolves around the poor perception of Bowden’s recruiting abilities, not his play calling), and with seniors Pat White and Steve Slayton to ride from game to game, it’s easy to imagine a repeat first-year performance similar to his God-delivered precocious start at Auburn, were he to get the job. And he has, apparently, been interviewed, getting his foot in the door, according to Kevin Scarbinsky, by making and presenting WVU with a “professional video resume to help answer the biggest questions about him.”
In this “video resume,” which I’m still fuzzy on, Bowden, again according to Scarbinsky, receives glowing recommendations from former Auburn president Dr. William Muse, to whom I once offered a free sandwich while a Sandwich Artist (he was recently out of a job – actually, I same thing happened with Bowden, too, and Jim Fyffe!), and former Auburn AD Mike Lude (didn’t know him).
In fact, so intent does Bowden seem on the West Virginia gig, it is hard for me to wish it away from him. But, still, selfishly, I do.
I could be wrong, but I’m fairly certain that we haven’t played against a team (head) coached by a former Auburn head coach, nor perhaps even been faced with that possibility, since Mike Donahue’s LSU Tigers beat us in 1927 (and 1926), and John Heisman’s days at Georgia Tech. I often wonder how fans of teams like LSU (Saban), Florida (Spurrier), Ole Miss (Tuberville), Alabama (Curry’s Kentucky’s years, and Francione’s Aggies – again, just the potential) and now Arkansas (Nutt) deal with it and I don’t care to find out, not at all. Just seems like bad mojo, anyway you stir it.
So here’s to the Saban rumor again… go for it Nick! I mean, seriously… why not?