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Great Story: Terry Bowden and Bobby Bowden Fought Over Recruits

I’m a big sucker for great anecdotes, and this would not be an exception. Joining Roc and Manuch on Sporting News Radio Sunday was former Auburn head coach and current college football analyst, Terry Bowden. Terry was breaking down the recruiting scene in light of the recent national signing day. He was asked to share his favorite recruiting story, one that would properly delineate the intense level of competition between the coaches. His anecdote was priceless:

Recruiting against my father in 1994, the No. 1 player in the state of Florida was a kid named Martavius Houston — he was a great player for me at Auburn. He had narrowed his decision down to Florida State and Auburn. That last week I was able to make my one official home visit and the last night possible, I go in there at 6pm. And I’m walking out at 7:30, and a stretch limousine pulled up in front of the house. I had a town car and thought I was fancy. A stretch limousine pulled up in front, driver lets out my old man. He walks up to the front porch, he says hello to momma, he shakes the boy’s hand, and he pats me on the head and he said ‘Terry, when you get home, your momma wants you to call.’ That was all he said! That’s dirty recruiting right there; that tells you how ugly it is.

Great story. Turns out Houston went to Auburn and had a good career there, though he didn’t do anything in the NFL. I also came to find that Terry wrote about this same story for the first time in print a few days ago at Yahoo! Sports in case you want to see a full version of it. Great, great, story. Gotta love Bobby — he’s always struck me as the type to get the perfect zinger. He would make George Costanza jealous.

Personal Sidenote: If Bobby Bowden were to ever sit in my living room and recruit me, my answer would be an unequivocal “yes.” I don’t care if he were pitching me to jump out of a plane in hopes of saving a manatee — that dude’s a legend. I’d run through cement walls for his ass.

Texas and Florida Now Testing High Schoolers for Steroids

Unless you hail from this area, you probably wouldn’t think steroids usage in high school athletics existed. What would athletes between the ages of 15-18 possibly need to stick needles in their butts for, right? Especially if you consider they’re not on the big stage of college, much less professional athletics. Well, turns out there is actually is some steroids use in high school sports, and we’re going to find out how much it exists in some states.

It has come to my attention that Texas and Florida will join New Jersey by invoking random performance-enhancing drug tests for high school athletes. In two weeks we are set to find out how much of a problem steroids use is in New Jersey high school sports when the results of their tests are released. For now, a recent University of Michigan report suggests 2.7% of high school seniors have used steroids. I just hope that number is exorbitantly high. Kids using steroids for high school athletics? I can’t think of much else more disheartening than that.

High School Creates Football Skyboxes

I just can’t even muster up the words to describe how I feel about this news. Maybe it’s because high school football wasn’t a second religion in my town, or maybe it’s because life for most kids begins in college. I don’t know what the true root to this issue is. All I know is that a high school football program in Florida created skyboxes, and they’re selling out.

As of Wednesday, [Athletic Director Teresa] Konrath had sold eight blue-level packages, which for $500 buys you four season tickets to all Marathon home games (excluding playoffs), as well as sodas and a meal catered by students in the school’s new Culinary Arts program.

A silver-level package runs $600 and buys you six seats, while a gold-level package costs $700 for eight seats.

You know, it’s bad enough they have a box for coordinators and coaches to film the games, but seriously, now skyboxes for fans to pay top dollar to watch their beloved hometown team? You have to be kidding me. This is taking things waaaay too far.

(via Fark)