Per all the reports, new Auburn AD John Cohen will have / has had the final say on Auburn’s new football coach. Now, I’m not exactly up to speed on early 90s Auburn Athletics Department politics, but from what you’re about to watch, Mike Lude doesn’t seem to have been afforded that same privilege. Lude spoke for maybe a minute or two during Terry Bowden’s introductory press conference; most details on the search and hire came from Auburn University President William Muse.
But the biggest takeaway from these 38 minutes, to me at least? Terry Bowden seemed awesome. Gene has his #WordsOfChizdom and all that, but if there’s been a more articulate (for lack of a better word) coach in modern Auburn history, I can’t think of him.
At just 14, I was still in shock over Dye’s departure. I had hope in the new guy, of course. Because, you know, he was Auburn’s coach. But Samford was a small school and Bowden the Younger mostly an unknown and…
Lordy, though — Bowden said all the right things, in all the right ways. Am I wrong? I mean, just think of how much sense this all made during those first two years. Man, what a great little run that was. I think we forget that. We have those Florida and LSU game highlights from ’94, and ’93 is obviously still celebrated. But given everything that happened later and the new norms of fickle fandom, I’d say that mini-golden age dwindles more in the Auburn mind by the year. Watch this and remember how it started. Remember how it felt in the beginning.
Acid Reign says
……I always felt like the Auburn Athletic Department knee-capped Bowden after the 1996 regular season. Athletic Director David Housel came out to the press that he was NOT giving Terry Bowden a contract extension that year, because 7-8 wins were not acceptable at Auburn! (Never mind that historically Auburn has won about 65 percent of its games.) With one announcement, Housel had given all the other SEC coaches ammunition to use against Auburn/Bowden on the recruiting trail.
…..Of course when Auburn won the division in 1997, Housel had to eat his words and offer Terry a big extension. The 1998 debacle ensued, and Bowden resigned at mid-season. In order to get his $630,000 contract buyout, Bowden had to agree to a gag order to say nothing about what happened behind the scenes.
The War Eagle Reader says
I always liked the guy. I’ve interviewed him a couple of times since. He always took the time.
Acid Reign says
…..Terry was a great interview. No doubt! He’d say what he thought. It was quite refreshing.