>> Monday, October 13, 2008
This weekend is going to be interesting down in Clemson! Go Tigers! Can we have Bobby Johnson now??
Good luck, Tommy! Take your contract extension money and relax on an island for a while. You've been stressed....
Clemson Fires Bowden In Mid-Season
POSTED: 11:41 am EDT October 13, 2008
UPDATED: 12:14 pm EDT October 13, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tommy Bowden, midway through his 10th season as the head coach of the Clemson University football team, has been fired.
Assistant head coach Dabo Swinney will take over the team for the remainder of the team's season.
The Tigers (3-3, 1-2 in the ACC) face Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Clemson, which was expected to contend for a conference title, has lost two straight games to ACC opponents.
The Tigers were ranked in the preseason Top 10, but opened with a 34-10 loss to Alabama.
The team rebounded with three straight wins, over the Citadel, N.C. State and South Carolina State.
But the Tigers lost 20-17 at home to Maryland on Sept. 27 and then fell 12-7 to Wake Forest on Thursday night.
Bowden had announced late last week that he was benching starting quarterback Cullen Harper in favor of highly touted red-shirt freshman Willy Korn.
Bowden concludes his tenure at Clemson with a 72-45 record and eight appearances in bowl games.
Last December, Bowden agreed to a contract extension that was to have kept him at Clemson through 2014.
Bowden had been pursued by Arkansas to take over the head coaching job there.
"I'm very appreciative and excited about the extension," Bowden said at a news conference at Clemson just after the extension was announced. "I fully intended when we came here nine years ago that we would make this our last stop."
Swinney began the season as the Tigers' receivers coach. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Swinney has been on Bowden's Clemson staff for six years.