Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Irish Talk Compliment to Coughlin

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Irish Talk Compliment to Coughlin

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

As much as Tom Coughlin detests speculation about his future, it's only natural that his name gets mentioned prominently as a coaching candidate at Notre Dame if the ax falls on the embattled Bob Davie.

Looking at Coughlin's resume and the pedigree Notre Dame wants in its football coach, it's not a reach to envision a TC-ND merger. Not only did Coughlin have success at a Catholic school in Boston College, he would also score points with ND administrators as a devout Catholic with a keen interest in church history. Coughlin's eyes lit up in training camp when discussing his offseason trip to the Vatican.

Who knows if Coughlin will wind up at Notre Dame because the Jaguars' season doesn't end until Jan. 6 and owner Wayne Weaver has dismissed any talk of Coughlin not being around for the rebuilding job ahead.

But the fact remains that the Jaguars have a horrible salary cap mess for the next two years and Notre Dame is a plum job that would fit someone with Coughlin's background. No matter what happens, Coughlin would be well-advised to take the Notre Dame talk for what it is: a compliment to his career. . . .

Much of the hype for Florida-Tennessee has been overshadowed by the Gators' ongoing feud with Florida State. Until the salvos cease, the UF-FSU game should be known as the Gerber Bowl. . . . Upset of the week was seeing Dave Hart, FSU's mild-mannered athletic director, pulling a Warren Sapp and going off on Steve Spurrier. We haven't seen that kind of smack talk from an administrator since Ronald Reagan called out Russia's Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." . . . How childish of Syracuse-Post Herald columnist Bud Polquin to rip Jacksonville because the Gator Bowl passed up Syracuse for its game in favor of Virginia Tech. Bud, if your team isn't going to a BCS bowl, does the destination really matter? …

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