Bowden Comments on Loss of Burns and West
Bowden on Burns and West going to Alabama and West Virginia, respectively
"We hate to lose both Burton Burns and Ron West from our coaching staff. When you have good coaches they are pursued by other schools. In both instances they are moving to roles with significant titles and will have a sizeable increase in benefits.
They have to make decisions that are in the best interest of their families. I was an assistant coach for nearly 20 years and I understand their respective decisions.
"Burton Burns has had a strong impact on our program for the last eight years and has coached with me for 10 seasons (two at Tulane and 8 at Clemson). We are coming off a season in which we were number-five in the nation in rushing offense and his coaching of our running backs, in particular the All-ACC performances of James Davis and C.J. Spiller, had a lot to do with that.
"Ron West is a Clemson graduate and he should be proud of what he has done for this program the last eight years. He has coached an offensive line that ranked in the top 10 in the nation in rushing (2000) and a defensive line that has contributed to a top 16
scoring defense and total defense (2006). He has coached an
All-America offensive linemen (Kyle Young) and All-America defensive linemen (Gaines Adams). He had a very positive influence on Gaines Adams unanimous All-America season."