You want to see how stupid rumors get started? Here’s a textbook example.
Terry Bowden’s return to coaching has helped North Alabama to a 9-0 start, a No. 1 ranking and at least a share of the Gulf South Conference football championship.
It also has made Bowden a popular name on sports talk radio shows and the Internet when potential coaching vacancies are discussed.
Bowden has been linked with potential coaching openings at several schools, including Virginia, Memphis and Central Florida.
None of the schools has announced coaching changes, but many sports Web sites are speculating that openings will come at the end of the season. And Bowden’s name has already been mentioned as one of the possible candidates.
That’s right. Idle, half-assed speculation equals substantive opportunity for Bowden. His agent’s got to be thrilled, at least. And this crap has already been picked up by the Orlando Sentinel as something worth pondering seriously!
If this is what passes for sports reporting these days, no wonder the print media is withering before our eyes.