Bowden Named ACC Coach of the Year


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It is the second time Bowden has won the award in his five years at Clemson.

Clemson, SC-Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden has been named ACC Coach
of the Year by the Associated Press and the Atlantic Coast Sports
Media Association. It is the second time Bowden has won the award in
his five years at Clemson. He finished first in the voting ahead of
his father, Bobby Bowden, the head coach of ACC Champion Florida
State.


Clemson finished the regular season with an 8-4 record,
including a 5-3 mark and third place finish in the ACC. The Tigers
were picked fifth in the preseason rankings by ACSMA. The Tigers
finished the season strong with consecutive victories over Florida
State, Duke and at South Carolina. Clemson outscored those three
programs by a 129-34 score.

Clemson's 26-10 win over third ranked Florida State was
Clemson's first win over the Seminoles since 1989 and it was the
highest ranked team Clemson has beaten in school history. The 63-17
win at South Carolina was the most points Clemson has ever scored
against the Gamecocks and the 46-point victory margin was the most by
Clemson over the Gamecocks since 1900.

With the victory over South Carolina, Bowden became the first
coach in NCAA history to defeat two 200-win or better coaches in the
same month. His father had over 300 wins entering the game and Lou
Holtz had over 200 entering the Clemson vs. South Carolina game.
Both coaches are ranked among the top 10 winningest coaches in
Division I history.


Earlier in the year Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 39-3 in Atlanta,
the largest margin of victory for Clemson in that series since 1900.
Clemson also defeated a bowl bound and top 25 Virginia team 30-27 in
overtime on October 11.


With Clemson's selection to the Peach Bowl, Bowden becomes the first
coach in ACC history to take a league team to a bowl game in each of
his first five years with a program.


Clemson showed great improvement over the course of the season and as
compared to last year. Clemson finished the regular season second in
the ACC in total offense and third in total defense, joining ACC
Champion Florida State as the only two teams to finish in the top
three in the league in both areas.


Off the field, Clemson has graduated 47 of 59 (80 percent)
scholarship seniors in Bowden's first four years and four of those
student-athletes are still in school. Additionally, eight of the
16 scholarship seniors on the 2003 team have already graduated and
the remaining eight are on pace to graduate by May. Earlier this
year Clemson ranked 11th in the nation, second among public
institutions in the NCAA graduation rate study for scholarship
football signees who entered Clemson in 1999. The retention rate
for his five years of signees is 91 percent, better than the
University's 89.5 percent retention rate for all students.

"This award is a testament to our players and assistant
coaches," said Bowden. "I am especially proud of the senior
leadership we have had this year. We are a young team with 16
starters returning for next year, but it was the seniors who would
not let up or let the team get down when times were tough.

"It is a great honor, because this is a very competitive
league with outstanding coaches. "

Bowden now joins Frank Howard and Charley Pell as the only
two-time Clemson recipients of the ACC Coach of the Year Award.
Howard won the honor in 1958 and 1966, while Pell won it in
consecutive years, 1977 and 1978. Danny Ford (1981) and Red Parker
(1974) also were recipients of the ACC Coach of the Year Award.
Clemson now has had more ACC Coach of the Year selections than any
other league team with eight.

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