Who should join Steve Spurrier and Phillip Fulmer as college football ambassadors?
First Steve Spurrier became an ambassador for the Florida Gators.
Then on Tuesday, Phillip Fulmer became an ambassador for Tennessee.
Seems like a pretty cushy job. UF still hasn't released Spurrier's contract, but Fulmer will make $100,000 a year for doing...whatever it is that a college football ambassador does.
So who else should leave retirement to begin ambassadoring? Some humble suggestions:
Auburn: Pat Dye. The former Tigers coach can still lobby for the program. His comments about Auburn joining the SEC East led to an actual discussion about the topic during the conference's spring meetings in Destin. Granted, that discussion took place with the AD and media, but hey, even the most complex political negotiations have to start somewhere.
Florida State: Derrick Brooks. Bobby Bowden would be the easy answer, but he's been known to make some comments that are, uh, not popular. That's why I'm going with Brooks. He's retired. He's classy. He loves the university, and he brings credibility to any room he enters.
Miami: Larry Coker. He wouldn't be as fun as Jimmy Johnson or Howard Schnellenberger, but he's available (a year removed from stepping down at Texas-San Antonio), and he did kind of lead the best team in the history of college football. Plus Butch Davis is still employed.
Oklahoma: Barry Switzer. He already committed his first act when he tried to make the Wishbone great again.
Texas: Mack Brown. The burnt orange blood is probably too bad now, but eventually the Longhorns and their national championship coach should get back together with an honorary job that seems to have no real responsibilities.
Notre Dame: Rocket Ismail. Lou Holtz would be obvious, but he has the same issue as Bobby Bowden. Ismail was a part of the Fighting Irish's last championship team, so he connects Notre Dame to its most recent storied past. Also, he does some inspirational speaking, which means he'll be good at inspiring important dignitaries to give money for new facilities.
Post your own suggestions in the comments.