Monday, March 19, 2012

Who did Bowden Wyatt push into the pool?


Furman Bisher died over the weekend.

If the name doesn't ring a bell, he was a longtime sportswriter and columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I used to read his columns about the Braves and The Masters. He wrote a touching tribute to Skip Caray in 2008 when the longtime Braves broadcaster passed away way too early.

The good news is Bisher lived a long, long life. When he retired in 2009, he wrote his goodbye on the same old typewriter he'd used for years. And, even in retirement, he kept on writing. That's a man after my own heart. Here is the story in the AJC.

I got to thinking that Mr. Bisher was the guy that former University of Tennessee football coach Bowden Wyatt pushed into a pool in an infamous incident that ultimately led to his forced retirement.

I checked with marvelous writer Marvin West, who has forgotten more about Tennessee football than most of us will ever know, and he says maybe, maybe not. Marvin's mentor, the late Tom Siler, thought it was Alf Van Hoose of the Birmingham News. At least one longtime UT athletics guy thinks it was former Chattanooga coach Scrappy Moore.

If you can shed any light on whom the wet one was, drop me a line here at the blog or at JakeMabe1@aol.com.

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