Looking at the week in football

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

What should I write about this week? I'll take college football potpourri for $300 Alex.

There is nothing left now but the crying for some teams. In the NCAA Division I-A there were 57 teams that finished the season with a winning record. All but one of those teams are going to a bowl game.

Wouldn't you hate to be that 57th team?

While we are on the subject of college football, let's talk about some of the coaching changes that have gone on.

Ron Zook was dismissed from the University of Florida after their loss to Mississippi State earlier in the season. On Tuesday, Zook was announced as the new coach of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. This a great move for Ron.

Being at Florida after the Spurrier regime was going to be a lose-lose situation for any coach that followed. Things were so bad in the "Swamp" that the day after Ron Zook was announced as the new head coach, a fan started the fireronzook.com website. No, there's no pressure to succeed.

Urban Meyer has been announced as the new head coach of the Florida Gators. This a great move for the university in this writer's opinion because he turned down Notre Dame. He looked at the infamous Touchdown Jesus and said "I'll pass."

While we're discussing college football let's look at the bowl picture – mainly the fact that the Troy University Trojans are headed to their first bowl game, ever.

The Trojans are going to the Silicon Valley Classic and playing the Northern Illinois Huskies.

The Huskies knocked off Maryland in a double overtime thriller to kick off the 2003 season and then also stood toe-to-toe with the University of Alabama. The Trojans have knocked off Marshall, Missouri and then stood blow-for-blow with South Carolina and LSU.

Troy's in a campaign to become a nationally known and recognized team, this is a great opportunity for them to become that.

Even though the Trojans have redesigned and reinvented themselves and their new mascot looks like a Shrimp with armor, it's going to be amazing seeing them playing in a post season bowl that people will watch.

The regular season ended with question marks still looming over programs and coaching. Bowl season should serve as the answer to some of those questions. It's going to be interesting to see who can put up and who shuts up or gets shut out.

It's that simple.

Griffin Pritchard is the Sports Editor of the Greenville Advocate, he can be reached by email at griffin.pritchard@greenvilleadvocate.com or via phone at 382-3111.