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A Statue for Andrews?

First, IMHO, Mickey Andrews deserves a statue outside the stadium alongside the Bobby Bowden statue. It was not just the "House that Bobby Built." It was the House that Bobby and Mickey Built. His defenses were also significantly instrumental in building the dynasty and the program. I am not suggesting this lightly as I don't want to clutter the grounds with statues to every coach, player, and booster that ever made any level of contribution. (Sorry, Burt.)

Second, I would support a large monetary gift from the boosters to Andrews of at least $1 or $2 million. It does not matter if he alone made the choice to never become a HC. It does not matter if the stories are true (I hope they are not true) that years ago Bowden talked Andrews into staying because Bowden would soon retire and Andrews could then take over. What is the delta in salaries over the years in question between a HC and an assistant? I don't think even $2 million would cover it.


Third, I would support a scholarship in Andrews' name. If one already exists, perhaps another is derserved.

Do not take this as a slight to Bowden. He has been handsomely compensated, and rewarded and recognized over the years by his HC salaries, the statue, and the field being named after him. History will remember Bowden even if his statue did not exist, if only by the thousands of articles/books/broadcasts over the years. This is a suggestion that we should as well codify our recognition for the contributions of Mickey Andrews.

It is easy to suggest ways for others to spend their money. I am a booster, albeit a poor one compared to the Golden Chiefs. Nevertheless I would contribute to all of the above: a statue, a monetary gift, and a scholarship in his name.

At the very least, let me offer this inadequate but simple: Thank you, Mickey! This Seminole will always remember you and your contributions.

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