The Terry Bowden Recruiting Strategy
As soon as I heard this:
"He has been dismissed for a violation of team rules," Fisher said. "We wish him the best in everything he does. We love him."
I immediately tweeted this:
Then, straight from Florence, I read this:
UNA could be adding another transfer soon. Former Florida State wide receiver Jarmon Fortson, who was dismissed from the team earlier this week by Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher, reportedly has visited UNA. Bowden said he could not comment on Fortson’s status.
Was I psychic? Hardly. Am I an insider? Not at all. I just know what Terry Bowden is doing. I'm sure he has a google alert set up for his email so that whenever the words "highly-touted" and "kicked off the team" are put together, he gets a little notice. Is what he's doing questionable? Yes. It is wrong? Not really. Bowden is giving kids a second chance to play football and (hopefully) get an education. As soon as he came in to UNA, his roster began to be dotted with transfers who ran afoul of their previous schools. I'm not the only one who has noticed it:
Bowden has signed 25 Division I transfers to help make up for the loss of 15 starters from last season’s 12-2 team.
Defensive end Brandon Fanney was a starting linebacker for the University of Alabama in 2008, but he transferred after disagreements with the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Quinton Andrews, a three-year starter at defensive back for West Virginia, transferred to North Alabama after some contentious seasons in Morgantown. Harrison Beck, the starting quarterback, transferred from North Carolina State after he was nudged out as the starter.
Seven transfers are on the roster from Florida State alone, including Preston Parker, a leading receiver for the Seminoles in 2008. He was dismissed from Florida State after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence. That came after an arrest on drug and weapons charges prompted a two-game suspension to start the season.
“We didn’t invent the idea of kids transferring down to Division II from Division I,” Terry Bowden said. “Some of these kids have been run off by new coaches who think they recruited better players.”
So why even post this? What does this have to do with Auburn? Very little (until ex-Auburn players start moving to Florence). I just posted it because it interests me and ultimately, I don't want to see UNA suffer. I respect the tradition up there. However with notions of moving up to Division 1 Football, I just hope it's done with a correct plan in place. Just call me super cautious. I'm still burned from "The Bowden Way" from his time at Auburn. I just don't want to see another school suffer when Tater Tot heads to greener pastures.