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Bobby Bowden on return: ‘they asked me and I went along with it’


Last week Florida State confirmed that legendary former Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden will be returning to Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time since he was unceremoniously forced out in 2009.

For the first time since that announcement nearly two weeks ago, Bowden has addressed why he finally decided to return home after being away for nearly for years.

First and foremost, it’s what Bowden has stated on numerous occasions in the past.  He simply wanted to give his successor, Jimbo Fisher, some space sans his legendary shadow looming over the rebuilding of the FSU program.

From Bowden’s conversation with the Tallahassee Democrat:

“I just have not been in a hurry to get back,” Bowden said.

“I really wanted to give Jimbo some space. I know what it’s like to have somebody looking over your shoulder, everyone comparing, everybody saying, ‘Why don’t you do it this way?’

“I know it’s best for the head coach to leave town, if he’s been there a long time. If I had only been there three or four years, it wouldn’t have made any difference.”

The other reason for his decision to return?  It’s pure dadgum Bowden.

“The university wanted to do it, they asked me and I went along with it,” Bowden flatly stated to the Democrat.

The 83-year-old Bowden will actually make two returning trips to the field named his honor and was a big part of his 377 career wins, the most ever at the FBS level.  The first will come Oct. 26 during a game against North Carolina State.  The second, Nov. 16 vs. Syracuse, will be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the school’s first national championship team.

The October return will come a year and a half after it was announced Bowden would be returning as part of the 2012 class of FSU’s Hall of Fame.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.