If true, I don't like the stunt casting. Hogeboom was okay because he was 15 or 20 years out from a fair-to-middlin' NFL career. IIRC he was only 'outed' during the show because there was a lady who did sports talk in Kansas City out there with him.
Between coaching the Hurricanes and Cowboys, and a long stretch as a FOX NFL studio analyst, Jimmy Johnson is a whole 'nother level of notoriety in comparison. And I don't want the show turning into "Surviving With the Stars".
The show has had some stronger seasons of late, and part of that is apparently the producers being more proactive in recruiting candidates that will make 'good television'. But a stunt like this may tear away the plausible deniability that they just aren't booking the show in advance.
Eh, I'd watch it just to see what his hair actually looks like without the chemicals he uses that you know he'll be banned from bringing. It would be interesting to watch him but I'm with TheOldMan in that it's a unnessacary stunt. Survivor has been doing fine lately, they don't really need to gimmick up the show with celebrities.
What I really want to know is what's his motivation for doing this. I also want to know, if this is true, how did he get permission from FOX to appear on a singnature show on one of their rival networks.
Johnson was actually tentatively scheduled to be on the show a couple of years ago, but he pulled out due to some health issue discovered in the pre-show medical testing.
In terms of 'why is he doing this,' Johnson is apparently just a really big Survivor fan and would love to be on the show. I can buy this reasoning, but what I can't figure out is how he expects to last very long. In Survivor terms, a 67-year-old is always one of the first targets for elimination since he simply can't physically compete as well as the younger players can. Add that to the fact that there's bound to be some negative vibes towards him simply because he's a celebrity, and I'd suspect Jimmy's run might last about as long as Ashley Massaro's did.
Big Bad, to be fair, Ashley was NOT sent home due to her celebrity. She was sent home because she was utterly useless. Same with Bobby Bellande from the same season, he's a very well known TV poker player, but he wasn't sent home because of his celebrity, he was sent home because nobody liked the guy.
Taj ran deep when there was no question she was loaded. It could be argued that Stephenie LaGrossa was a celebrity in Survivor: Guatemala and she cruised to the end of the game. In fact, the only person I CAN remember getting booted because "they didn't need the money" was poor Doctor Carl from Survivor: Africa by the Lazy Kids Alliance. As long as you socially integrate yourself and keep your eyes and ears open (and can compete) you're generally kept off the radar, regardless of who you are.
If Jimmy takes the boot, it's because he can't physically compete (and if it's the rumored Old vs. Young season, the challenges may be scaled down), or because he's got a mouth that gets him into trouble. It'll have nothing to do with his time as the coach of the Cowboys.
Throw my biased vote towards the UT-A&M game as well. When one of the schools takes a shot at the other in their fight song, you have the makings of a great rivalry. Not to mention a school with a complex!