AUBURN, Ala. — Johnny Manziel was the most buzzed-about Heisman Trophy winner on social media Saturday night. But not by much.
ESPN followed up coverage of Texas A&M’s precocious quarterback becoming the first freshman ever to strike a pose with its latest “30 for 30″ documentary, celebrating the career of Auburn football and baseball great Bo Jackson.
“You Don’t Know Bo” starred Jackson himself along with former Auburn officials — football coach Pat Dye, baseball coach Hal Baird and athletic director David Housel. Two of the 1985 Heisman winner’s McAdory High School coaches, Dickie Atchinson and Terry Brasseale, also appeared in the 90-minute program drawing rave reviews on Twitter.
Other testimonies were provided by NFL players Howie Long, Boomer Esiason and Marcellus Wiley, MLB Hall of Famer and Jackson teammate George Brett, ESPN personalities Mike Greenberg, Jeremy Schapp and Bomani Jones among others.
“You Don’t Know Bo” chronicled Jackson’s rise from local starship in Bessemer, Ala., to the most successful two-sport pro career ever with the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Royals. It was flavored with stories of spurning the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his unprecedented Nike endorsements, the coining of his “Bo Knows” catchphrase, Tecmo Bowl video game fame, the hip injury that began his athletic decline and his love of crossbow hunting.
The documentary was rerun on ESPN’s platform of networks throughout the weekend. Fans who missed it have one more chance this week to catch “You Don’t Know Bo”, Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
First Chizik assistant hired elsewhere
Tommy Thigpen is gone from his post as Auburn linebackers coach, but he won’t be forgotten on the recruiting trail or when the Tigers visit a conference foe next season.
Thigpen, 41, is headed to Tennessee to join new coach Butch Jones’ staff. Thigpen coached the Tigers’ defensive backs from 2009-11, and was lauded for his recruiting abilities, which he pursued even after Gene Chizik was fired and until the entire group of assistants was dismissed by Gus Malzahn in the middle of last week.
Thigpen previously coached at his alma mater North Carolina, Illinois, Bowling Green and Tennessee Tech. He will remain in the SEC with the Volunteers, who fired Derek Dooley for going 1-7 in league games last year.
Auburn travels to Tennessee on Nov. 9, 2013 in the series’ first matchup since 2009. The Tigers have won five straight against the Volunteers dating back to 1999, including the 2004 SEC Championship.
Who needs sleep? Not Gus
Malzahn admitted at the end of his introductory press conference Tuesday he doesn’t require much sleep.
He’s already been hard at work meeting with recruits and hiring coaches, leading to a whirlwind first week with him at the helm of the football program.
“It’s going to be recruiting immediately, and to get caught up with everything,” Malzahn said. “Also will be meeting with staff, also will be meeting with players, so there’s not going to be time to rest but this is an exciting time and I’m really looking forward to it.
“This is a very fun time of year to be coaching, and I don’t need much (sleep).”
Perfect twins back on Plains
Thomas Price Lashlee and Hudson Rhett Lashlee were born to their parents, Rhett and Lauren, on Sept. 10, 2010. Rhett Lashlee was an offensive graduate assistant for Auburn at the time.
Exactly four months later, the Tigers beat Oregon in the BCS National Championship. Lashlee parlayed the success into an offensive coordinator job at Samford, rejoined with mentor Malzahn at Arkansas State for the 2012 season, and now they’re both back on the Plains.
Along with Lashlee’s lucky little bundles of joy, of course. Thomas and Hudson are now 2 years old.
“They were born right after the second game of the national championship season, so they’re 12-0 with a national championship on their record here,” Lashlee said. “I’m glad they’re going to be able to learn how to say ‘War Eagle’ now that they’re back.”