Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Bobby B Must Go; JoePa Can Stay

Florida State, since it's inclusion in the ACC, has always been a national powerhouse. Before my time at UMD, to watch a UMD/FSU football game would've been like watching an all-star squad vs. the Maryland School for the Blind (yeah, I almost linked to that - but I think that would be over the line). Even though things got better during my time in college (I think we even beat them my senior year), there's no way I'd have laid money on the Terps.

Things, at least for this year, have changed. They're 4-3, and one of those wins was a 7-point defeat of the Maryland School for the Blind - oops, I mean Troy. Heck, FSU is only favored by 4.5 over my Terps this weekend. The question is: is it time to start thinking about another coach, and get rid of the seasoned, heralded Bobby Bowden?

Bowden's got a lot to hang his hat on: 2 National Championships, 12 Conference championships (from 92-02 straight!), and a 289-77 record. The dude's been there since 1976. Can Bobby B. hang his hat on these accomplishments enough to keep him around at FSU? The argument has been made that he's done so much for the program, he deserves to go on his terms, and is untouchable.

I think that's ridiculous.

Perhaps it's because they're young; after all, they play 17 freshmen regularly. But certainly, over the years, Bowden has young teams. Something is different now. It only takes a few subpar seasons before Bowden will no longer have the recruiting edge over other Florida schools like Miami and UFlorida. It only takes a few subpar recruiting classes to ruin a program that, in its ACC tenure, has never experienced failure. If Bowden is, in fact, the reason for the mediocrity, it could set the program back 5-10 years. While I'd like to see nothing more than UMD run over FSU for the next 5-10 years, the more sensible thing for the powers that be at FSU to do is to remove the "untouchable" tag that Bowden currently owns. If they don't think he's the reason, fine. But if they conclude he is, to allow him to ruin the program for 5-10 years just because he's done so much up until now would be ludacrous. Bobby B., if he understood this, should realize when it's time to go, rather than holding the program hostage.

Florida is a hotbed for football talent. With 3 top-25 programs in FSU, Miami, and UFlorida, top recruits have a choice of where to go. They're going to want to play for a winner; not a has-been. However, Joe Paterno (Penn State), is under less presure, I believe, due to the fact that they are in the state of Pennsylvania. The majority of the best players in the state are going to want to stay in the state, but they don't face the same in-state competition that FSU does. I'm not sure they're too concerned with UPenn or Temple stealing their players.

The bottom line is that boosters give money to athletic programs to provide scholarships to the best athletes possibe. Boosters want a winner. It's no wonder the boosters at FSU are calling for his resignation - they're dollars aren't going towards a winner. To allow Bowden to stick around would, essentially, be throwing the boosters dollars down the toilet. And then, the boosters will start to give less and less, and then you're really in trouble.

Bobby B: you've done a lot, and produced one hell of a football family...but, you're not untouchable.

8 Comments:

Blogger Jewboy said...

People were saying the same things about Paterno until he had a great year last season. Bowden wil probably never be fired by FSU, he's too much of a legend there. Also, one real problem he has is his son's play calling. The son needs to go.

8:03 AM, October 24, 2006

 
Blogger AlanLaz said...

Right. The difference b/w the two is that JoePa won't ruin his program by staying; most of the players wouldn't change their mind and go to another in-state rival, as would likely happen at FSU.

Individual teams could be bad at PSU due to poor coaching, but he won't ruin a program by staying...assuming Bowden is the problem.

8:06 AM, October 24, 2006

 
Blogger SephardiLady said...

Once you have the seniority of a Bowden or a Paterno, you are basically untouchable. I don't see this as much different than Joe Paterno a few years back.

8:50 AM, October 24, 2006

 
Blogger AlanLaz said...

The situations may be the same, but the results will be different.

8:57 AM, October 24, 2006

 
Blogger nyfunnyman said...

one day kryzewski will also be in the same situation as bowden.

9:45 AM, October 24, 2006

 
Blogger AlanLaz said...

From your lips to Gds ears.

9:46 AM, October 24, 2006

 
Blogger nyfunnyman said...

hey, i'm a terp fan also (i am?), but it aint happening anytime soon

5:58 PM, October 24, 2006

 
Blogger Danny the Manny said...

Nu, I see no Torah in talking about college football. This gashmiut is all bitul Torah. Let us spend this time reflecting on the Allmighty and how w can grow closer to him. "They"--the goyim--spend their Saturdays watching college football, drinking alcohol, paying for prostitutes, speaking maliciously about their friends, eating cheeseburgers, placing obstacles in front of blind men, and charging interest on all of their business deals. We, on the other hand, spend Shabbos dedicated to praying and praising Hashem. Maybe they should take a page out of our playbook and remember who it truly was Who molded college football on the 7th day of creation.

9:05 AM, October 25, 2006

 

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