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Zips football: Getting the butterflies

By George Thomas Published: August 28, 2012

Right now there’s little left to do but play a game.

Coach Terry Bowden held his first weekly press conference of the season today at the Stile Athletics Field House on the campus of UA. Nothing staggering came out of it and the following represent a choice few quotes from Bowden:

On how he believes his team will respond:  “You believe there’s going to be some confidence in that if they play their best some good things are going to happen.”

On the Central Florida Knights:  “The talent level would have to swing their way.  As someone would reasonably respect, their talent level is what it is and we’re going to deal with it when we see it.”

On his first game as Zips coach:  I get the butterflies.  I get sick to my stomach – nauseous sick, anxious before a game.  Bear Bryant the old southern coach would throw up before a game.  I think hundreds of coaches have thrown up so they can act like Bear Bryant.

On whether it’s tougher to revive a moribund program:  The toughest was when I went to North Alabama.  It was tough. North Alabama was a very tough experience. They went to the playoffs six consecutive years in a state that takes its football very seriously.   Taking a program that was on top and not having it go back was the most difficult. 

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