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ESPN: Bowden Out at Clemson

For those of you who can't see sports sites at work, ESPN's Mark Schlabach (a Post alumus) is reporting that Clemson has dismissed Coach Tommy Bowden, a firing that Maryland has played a fair role in over the past few seasons.

from Schlabach:

Clemson fired football coach Tommy Bowden on Monday, four days after the Tigers lost to Wake Forest and fell to 3-3, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Bowden informed his assistant coaches of his firing this morning. Assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney has been named the team's interim coach for the final six regular season games and potential bowl game.

The Tigers were ranked No. 9 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll and were favored to win their first ACC championship in Bowden's 10th season as coach. But Alabama blasted the Tigers 34-10 in the Aug. 30 opener in Atlanta's Georgia Dome, and Clemson then lost to Maryland 20-17 at home and again to Wake Forest 12-7 to drop their record to 1-2 in ACC play.

Bowden received a lucrative contract extension from Clemson after the 2007 season. He received the extension after considering a potential coaching position at Arkansas.

Bowden, the son of Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, has a 72-45 record and eight bowl appearances at Clemson.


By Matthew Rennie  |  October 13, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
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This move was probably the best move the program could make, but wouldnt have had to if they let him go a year ago when Arkansas was going after him. The coaching has hindered our program since i started college at Clemson 4 years ago. We will replace Bowden with a great new coach and hopefully get rid of Spence as well. Our program needed a change and finally did what the fans have wanted for the last few years. CONGRATS CLEMSON. I'm actually looking forward to visiting Tigertown for the game this weekend against GT

Posted by: Logan | October 13, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The only way this is going to do much good is if they get rid of Spence as well. I can imagine the scenario went down as a "Fire Spence or else" ultimatum that Tommy Bowden refused to do - he is a man of his word, if nothing else and had said he was sticking with Spence. Hopefully, the next guy will be a little more energetic and vocal and get the young players motivated.

Posted by: TK | October 13, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Harper has a big mouth. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | October 13, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Dispense with Spence... Not the General he thought he was! Tired of not seeing the gameday adjestments.... Be glad you have the Ralph! Time for some intensity and use of the our thoroughbreds...they've been stabled too long. TB lost his players' confidence. His wins generally were against lesser opponents...

Posted by: Pidge | October 13, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't happen to a dumber gameday coach. Gonna miss seeing his George Bushlike "I have no clue what is going on" look on the sidelines.

Posted by: virtueandvice | October 13, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

You Clemson fans will regret this. Tommy Bowden is a hell of a fine individual. Should we go back to the days when winning is the only thing--and alternate years on NCAA probation?

Posted by: tolan | October 13, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

After the season-opening thrashing at the hands of the 'Bama Tide, Terry Bowden actually called Nick Saban on the phone the next morning and asked the 'Bama head coach, "did you see anything?".

This shockingly direct admission of incompetence epitomized Bowden's tenure at Clemson. Bowden was more comfortable recruiting than he was making game-time adjustments in the game plan.

However, you have to respect someone that will actually be honest enough to tell the Clemson elite that it was time for a change.

Posted by: Charles | October 13, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

It was only a matter of time. You can't lose to teams like Maryland and continue to keep your job.

Posted by: Bowden was on Borrowed Time | October 13, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Clemson will still finish with a better record than Maryland.

Clemson - in a bowl game -- Yes

Maryland - in a bowl game -- No (maybe in 2013)

Posted by: Gary | October 14, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow the comments coming out of that locker room are pretty harsh. I've never really heard college players go after a departing coach like that before. Maybe if he bolted for another job but midseason after getting axed? Wonder what it would sound liek if Fridge got axed...

Posted by: Lee | October 14, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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