Somehow this slipped by most people’s radar late Thursday, but there was an assertion of fact on the part of epically brilliant college football blogger Orson Swindle that shouldn’t go overlooked.
(Yup, this is Bobby Knight’s fault, too.)
Without further ado, this is what Mr. Swindle, a notable Florida Gators fan, says about a connection between Sex Cannon Rex Grossman and the chokingest college basketball coach in America:
“(Bob) Knight is an old acquaintance of Spurrier’s, and is responsible for showing a tape of a relatively unheralded Indiana recruit named Rex Grossman to (Steve) Spurrier. This makes Knight a friend of Gator Nation, and a human burned in effigy in Chicago.”
The comments came in response to Knight making an appearance for Spurrier at South Carolina, where the ESPN broadcaster gave an opening speech to the Gamecocks before spring practice.
But all that is epilogue to the real story: Bobby Knight is responsible for bringing the quarterback who ate Chicago to the world. Without that push, Spurrier probably settles for another strong-armed passer, and Grossman ends up at Indiana … or Ball St.
The rest, of course, is history. Grossman was a superstar for Spurrier at Florida, he wound up as a first round draft pick by the unsuspecting Bears and then created such an NFL stir that he led to the greatest collection of nicknames and unofficial seals in modern history.
You can believe it or not, but Swindle doesn’t spread false accusations about Florida glories past. If you’re in Chicago, that just means you have yet another reaason to hate Bobby Knight.