I had this thought a year ago when I was working on This Month in MGoBlog History and reading the content of signing day in 2006. What if Signing of the Stars was held in years past? Who would have been invited? What celebraties would have been involved?
Obviously, the personality of the coach is a big factor, but there were connections that Bo or Lloyd or others could have utilized, if they had come up with this idea (and of course internet/media today makes it a whole lot different than 40 years ago). Here are a few thoughts I had.
The first name that comes to mind for Bo is Gerald Ford, either as a Congressman in the early 70s or after he was out office in the 80s. Tom Harmon also seems likely as a former Heisman winner and longtime broadcaster. Somehow I can also picture Bo being able to bring in Bob Hope to MC the event. Former players and current NFL stars would have been a draw: Dierforf, McKenzie, etc. Dick Enberg might have been another option for MC with the local connection (Armada!).
I don't know if there is anyone obvious for Moeller. Again, probably former players like Anthony Carter, Jim Harbaugh, Rick Leach, or Desmond after he graduated. Members of the '89 basketball team migth have been a big draw (Rice, Mills, Robinson). Maybe Barry Larkin?
Lloyd seems like the least likely to hold this kind of event, but again an obvious name jumps out in Russell Crowe. I remember there was a connection with the '97 team and Crowe, but I had completely forgotten about this in 2007. Woodson and Brady would have been big names, and maybe a few hockey players like Morrison and Turco.
It probably wouldn't have gone well if Rodriguez held this event. Add Josh Groban joke here.
Unfortunatley, Hoke's big connection would have been Jason Wittlock, so that wouldn't have gone over well. He would have had the luxury of some of the old guard coming back to the fold; however, let's not imagine Dave Brandon running this event.
Any any names I'm missing? Any other celebrity connections long forgotten?