A win for UTEP’s football team this weekend against Alabama-Birmingham would set up a possible sweet November for the Miners.
But it also might help fulfill a rumor that’s been making the rounds on message boards and blogs throughout the southern United States. That is, that current Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden will be at the helm of the Blazers next season.
The Chopping Block, the Orlando Sentinel’s place for Seminole news and commentary, had a blog post today that addressess that rumor.
Sentinel writer Andrew Carter asked Bowden about the rumor after Tuesday’s practice. To which Bowden replied, “I have heard that ... I’ve even had people from Birmingham call. I don’t know where it started — there or here or what.”
Bowden went on to say, “Oh, boy. You know, you hear so many different rumors, you get immune to them.”
At no point did he deny the move. Read the entire post here.
You can say what you want about Bowden, whose Seminoles have struggled this season. But his teams are always ready to play. They scrap and fight and play an entire 60 minutes. That tenacity has helped Bowden bring two national titles to Tallahassee and has led to an amazing 27 consecutive bowl appearances.
With UAB (2-5) sliding this season, it’s not impossible to think that Blazer coach Neil Callaway might be on the hot seat, especially if a legend like Bowden is considering a move to Alabama.
And what a wonderful thing that would be for Conference USA. Two coaches who have won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award in UTEP’s Mike Price and Bowden. And one coach, Skip Holtz, who keeps getting closer to those accolades.
This all makes Saturday’s matchup between UTEP and UAB important because it could be the last easy win the Miners will get on the Blazers if Bowden is strolling the sideline in years to come.
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