Bowden Steps Down as Head Coach at Clemson


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Bowden leaves Clemson third in school history in wins with 72.
Bowden leaves Clemson third in school history in wins with 72.

Clemson, SC—Clemson University and Head Football Coach Tommy Bowden parted ways on Monday. After two meetings on Monday morning between Bowden and Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips, it was agreed upon that Bowden would no longer be the Clemson Head Coach. He will be replaced by assistant head coach Dabo Swinnney on an interim basis.


“Terry Don Phillips approached me this morning and we agreed that this is the best solution for the direction of the program,” said Bowden. “Clemson has been very good to me and my family. Both of our children are Clemson graduates.


“I appreciate the opportunity Clemson University gave me and the support of the administration while I was here. I also want to thank all the student-athletes and coaches who worked so hard for this program the last 10 years.


“I wish Clemson University nothing but the best in the future.”


Bowden coached Clemson for 10 seasons (including 2008) and posted a 72-45 record for his 117 games. He never had a losing season. Including his two years at Tulane when he posted an 18-4 record, Bowden has a career record of 90-49, a 65.2 winning percentage.


He leaves Clemson third in school history in wins with 72, games coached with 117, and wins over top 25 teams with 13. Included in the list of ranked wins are three of Clemson’s six top 10 road wins in history. He led the Tigers with a win at ninth-ranked Georgia Tech in 2001, 10th ranked Miami (FL) in 2004 and ninth ranked Florida State in 2006.


Four of his nine previous teams finished the year ranked in the top 25 of both polls. His highest ranked team was the 2000 edition that finished with a 9-3 record and a number-14 ranking by USA Today and number-16 by Associated Press. That team began the year with an 8-0 record and reached a number-four national ranking by USA Today.


While Bowden never won the ACC Championship at Clemson, he never had a losing record in ACC play when he coached a complete season. He was 43-32 against ACC competition overall. His best ACC record was the 6-2 mark posted in 2000.


The Tigers are 3-3 so far this year, 1-2 in the ACC. The Tigers have wins over NC State, South Carolina State and The Citadel, with losses against Alabama, Maryland and Wake Forest. Alabama is currently ranked second in the nation and Wake Forest is 21st.

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spacer Bowden Steps Down as Head Coach at Clemson
B-Meist®
spacer It's a new day in Tiger Town.......***
KNIGHTIGER
spacer "Steps down"...what was the severance pay then?***
Luke Skywalker
spacer Obviously a deal
SugarBowlSon
spacer Re: Obviously a deal
mrrepodude
spacer End of an era.***
Hartwell Hobo
spacer End of an ERROR***
TooterTownTiger
spacer POTD***
O-town Tiger
spacer Germans***
I4CUTigers
spacer does stepping down= fired or resigning?***
fishingtiger
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nugetsius
spacer I wish him nothing but the best. He's a great guy
CHEAP SHOT
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TheMaj
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hipple
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ncsutiger86
spacer Best of Luck to TB and his family. Keep it classy!***
tigerpope1
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TigerGreenWave
spacer So...................
Tiger_Maniac
spacer Re: So...................
GWC
spacer What about Spence? Please tell me Spence won't call plays.***
Razzmatazz
spacer MICKEY GOT SPENCE FIRED!!!!!!!WK TO CALL OWN PLAYS!!!***
GWC
spacer Re: What about Spence? Please tell me Spence won't call plays.***
JJW007
spacer Re: What about Spence? Please tell me Spence won't call plays.***
Geezer
spacer Players had unkind words about Bowden after the announcement
Razzmatazz
spacer Harper's words are bad form, maybe the truth,but sour grapes***
Injun Tiger
spacer Re: Harper's words are bad form, maybe the truth,but sour grapes***
GWC
spacer Re: Harper's words are bad form, maybe the truth,but sour grapes***
mlevesque
spacer Regardless of Coaching, Harper Should Be Benched
ncsutiger86
spacer Could not agree with you more.........
ThomasSayle
spacer Re: Regardless of Coaching, Harper Should Be Benched
jtfox12
spacer Re: Players had unkind words about Bowden after the announcement
jtfox12
spacer that is incorrect....
Big Daddy
spacer Re: that is incorrect....
jtfox12
spacer So I wonder if Dabo will still start Willy Korn. Hope so.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: So I wonder if Dabo will still start Willy Korn. Hope so.
jtfox12
spacer Re: So I wonder if Dabo will still start Willy Korn. Hope so.
mlevesque
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tigerslalom
spacer Who is this "Mickey" that everyone keeps talking about?
gthaker
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1orangeblood
spacer New coach. New hope. Go Tigers! 7-0! Wouldn't THAT be funny?***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: New coach. New hope. Go Tigers! 7-0! Wouldn't THAT be fu
RobertsonCU
spacer Re: New coach. New hope. Go Tigers! 7-0! Wouldn't THAT be fu
GWC
spacer Is the 5:15 conference on TV????
Tigerfan010
spacer Best of Luck Tommy and Linda and Bowden family.
wueagle86®
spacer Wish the best, but.......
CouchCoach
spacer If Bowden were a good man, he wouldn't take the full $3.5M.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: If Bowden were a good man, he wouldn't take the full $3.5M.
GWC
spacer Seriously...
deleted
spacer CNBC: Stock market rallies on news of Bowden's dismissal.***
Razzmatazz
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ashmeister252
spacer Harper's Comments misrepresented by the media...
jtfox12
spacer I stand corrected...***
jtfox12
spacer bill cowher for head coach***
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