Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gorgeous ironies regarding Borges

ATLANTA -- Al Borges is no longer with Auburn, but ironies during Saturday's Chick-fil-A Bowl news conference featuring coordinators from Auburn and Clemson conjured the former offensive coordinator.
Anyone seeing video from Auburn's portion of the news conference might have noticed that neither coordinator had a name tag in front of him. That's because one name tag had Borges' name on it.
The bowl's PR folks discovered the mistake while making a last-minute check with Auburn sports information director Kirk Sampson.
Auburn's coordinator change earlier this month was in all of the papers. It happened after the Chick-fil-A Bowl selected Auburn.
Anyhoo, there was also the irony of Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence pulling his name from consideration for the same job at Tennessee.
Clemson had the Atlantic Coast Conference's top scoring offense this season, which is why Spence got a look for the Tennessee job. Auburn fans might remember that Spence was a finalist at Auburn in 2004, when Borges was hired.
Borges resigned earlier this month, after Auburn finished the regular season ranked 101st nationally in total offense.
Oh, and while we're jogging memories, Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning should sound familiar to Auburn fans. He was Wyoming's head coach when Auburn played the Cowboys in the 2000 opener.
Clemson's staff has a lot of familiar names, including former South Carolina head coach Brad Scott (associate head coach) and former Alabama assistant Dabo Swinney (wide receivers).
Clemson running backs coach Andre Powell coached wide receivers at Virginia when Auburn played the Cavaliers in 1997 and 1998, and he coached running backs at North Carolina when Auburn played the Tar Heels in this very bowl in 2001.
I think the bowl's name then mentioned something about peaches.
Of course, there's Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden. You'll remember him. He was an assistant at Auburn under former head coaches Doug Barfield (1980), Pat Dye (1991-92) and brother Terry Bowden (1993-96).
More on the Bowden connection in Monday's Star.

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