The younger generation of college football fans may not be too familiar with Bobby Bowden but there was a time not so long ago that he was mentioned on every “best college football coach” list in the nation.
In his 34 seasons coaching Florida State, he had only one losing season in Tallahassee. He also led the Seminoles to 15 straight top-five finishes in the AP Poll, something that not even Nick Saban’s Alabama program can claim. For a coach that could identify talent unlike many others, Bowden believes he’s found the next best thing in college football.
No, not in terms of a player in recruiting, but in the coaching ranks. According to Chris Low of ESPN, who recently sat down with Bowden for an interview, the former Florida State coach had some glowing comments for Tennessee coach, Jeremy Pruitt.
“Out of all these new coaches coming up, I have a feeling (Pruitt) is going to do the best,” Bowden said regarding Pruitt, unsolicited according to Low. “Nobody’s expecting anything out of Tennessee, and he’s such a good coach. I think he’s a hidden jewel, boy. I really do.”
Tennessee fans are sure to enjoy those comments from a coach that knows what he’s talking about when it comes to identifying talent in college football.