Those of you trapped at work without the Tube, you're not missing too terrible much: the limo pulls up, the coaches all get out and shake hands, they walk around the school and shake hands some more, Luper answers some questions about the Limo Gambit with the same answers we've heard already, Taylor has a funny line at the end involving food stamps, and that's about it.
But that's why I think this video is interesting: aside from the mode of transportation and the certain measure of, I don't know, "impressiveness" that comes from seven different Auburn coaches all entering the school at once, it's as mundane as it gets. It's just football coaches doing boring offseason football coach stuff. And wearing awesome shirts.
So: where's the "embarrassment"? It's not really having all seven coaches together: that's unusual, sure, but I don't think anyone would have blinked if they were riding around in an RV. Which means the entire hubbub comes down to their choice of vehicle. That's it. That's all. Yes, they could have picked something less flashy ... but why would they?
There's more worthwhile description of the Limo Gambit's nuts-and-bolts operations in this OA News story*, along with some discussion of how much attention Auburn's managed to wring out of it:
Though the five-day trip has been confined within the state’s borders, the noise it’s stirred up has permeated in all four time zones.Me too, coach Carter. (Though this will be the last time I mention it for a while. The blog is probably Prowled out by now.)
Even during the midst of NHL and NBA playoffs, the topic was debated during a full segment of ESPN’S Around the Horn on Wednesday.
While opinion remained mixed among national pundits, the positivity it elicited around Lee County was unanimous.
“Hey, if it draws attention in a way and gets people talking, I think it’s worthwhile,” (Auburn High coach Tim) Carter said. “It’s within the rules and it shows innovation. I like it, and as an Auburn fan I like it.”
*This isn't meant as a critique--Lord knows I've written some truly, tru;l screwed up leads in my days at the sports desk--but it is kind of funny that Gribble's story starts by saying that Carter "doesn't need a mindreader" to know what his kids are thinking, and then the very next sentence is Carter saying "What they're actually thinking, I don't know." Hey, it made me grin.