There was father Bobby Bowden, saying he didn't "have to worry about [Tommy] beating me no more. ... Unless he gets a golf game a little bit sharper, which he'll have time to do now, you know."
There was Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who reportedly was "visibly shaken up over the Bowden news, describing Bowden as a good friend." He called the situation "upsetting. That's the way college athletics is going, I guess." Muschamp, of course, is a likely candidate for his good friend's old job. Never let friendship stand in the way of that million dollar coaching contract.
And then there was Rich Rodriguez. All of six games into his new job at Michigan, Rich Rod's agent, Mike Brown, was running around and telling the world his client has no interest in the vacancy.
"Coach Rodriguez has the best job in college football," Brown said. "He is a very focused 'Michigan Man.' I know 100% Clemson University has no intention of contacting coach Rodriguez."
Oh really? Thanks for clearing that up. Given the value of Rich Rod stock these days — it's on par with the stock of Michigan automakers — we thought athletic directors would be knocking down the door to secure the services of a coach who arrived in Ann Arbor only few months back after the messiest of divorces.