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Ex-Gator Jenkins To PIck Between North Alabama and Valdosta State

I’m going to paraphrase a story Tommy Bowden has told on the quarterback club circuit in recent years.  According to the ex-Clemson coach, he and his father were visiting brother Terry who is the head coach at North Alabama.  Papa Bobby commented that Terry’s D-II team looked like a team of D-I athletes.  Terry joked that that was because most of Terry’s players had begun their careers at Florida State.

With that story in mind, ex-Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins says he’s still deciding where he’ll transfer for his senior season — Valdosta State or Bowden’s North Alabama program.

Jenkins was booted by Will Muschamp following two marijuana-related arrests between January and April.

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Report: Alabama RB Coach Burns A Candidate For La-Lafayette Top Job — a site that often grabs info from other sites without giving credit or links — reported over the weekend that Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns is a candidate for the head coaching position at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“We’ve been told that a large number of high school coaches in Louisiana have endorsed” Burns, the site reports. 

Burns was a Louisiana high school coach before joining Tommy Bowden’s staff at Tulane.  He followed Bowden to Clemson before joining Nick Saban’s unit in Tuscaloosa.

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Bowden Looking For “The Right Job”

One of the men on Vanderbilt’s list of potential coaches should have a unique perspective on the job.  Tommy Bowden has seen what life is like at a “have-not.”  At Tulane, he lacked the big fanbase and superior facilities that other SEC-type schools enjoy.  Then, while at Clemson, Bowden experienced life as a “have.”  He knows what it takes to win in a BCS conference… though he never won quite enough to satisfy Tiger fans.

If asked, Bowden could take a quick look at the Vandy program and explain just what needs to be done around campus before the Commodores can truly expect to compete.

But would Bowden be interested in taking over the reins in Nashville?  “If the right job opened, I would listen,” he told’s Tom Dienhart.

“I have had some phone calls and interest.  But I’m not going to take a job to take it and then regret it a few months into it.  I want to make sure I can succeed.”

And that’s probably all she wrote when it comes to Vandy.

To lure a proven coach like Bowden, Vanderbilt will need to show that they are willing to spend more money than they have in the past.  Money for the head coach, for assistant coaches and for facility upgrades.

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