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Terry Bowden leaving North Alabama, headed to Akron

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For the first time since resigning after a 1-5 start at Auburn in 1998, Terry Bowden has found his way back to the big-boy level of college football.

In a tweet from the school’s official athletic Twitter feed — and in a YouTube clip that you can view at the end of this post — Akron announced that they have hired Bowden as their new head coach.  The son of Bobby will replace Rob Ianello, who was fired late last month after two years on the job.

The Canton Repository reports that Akron officials met with Bowden Wednesday in the Cleveland area and offered him the job that night.  After accepting the position, he flew back to Alabama and informed his team of the decision.

A source told the paper that it was Bowden who initially reached out to the school expressing interest in the position.

Bowden, who will be taking over a program that won a total of two games the past two seasons, compiled a 47-17-1 mark during his 90s tenure on The Plains, including a perfect 11-0 record during his first season at the school in 1993, but “philosophical differences” with both the athletic department and boosters led to his midseason demise 1983.  He’s spent the past three seasons at Div. II North Alabama and has gone 29-10.

Bowden’s name has flown well under the radar prior to the announcement, with the likes of Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell, Wayne State head coach Paul Winters and UCLA interim head coach Mike Johnson being mentioned as possibilities instead.

The hiring of Bowden at Akron, Tony Levine at Houston and Paul Chryst at Pittsburgh — leaves Penn State as the only Div. 1-A school with an opening.

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9 Responses to “Terry Bowden leaving North Alabama, headed to Akron”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:17 PM

    Akron = Big Boy Football? Yeah, right.

  2. drummerhoff says: Dec 22, 2011 3:47 PM

    Good for Terry! If there was every a guy who deserved a break, its Terry.
    I hope he finds a way to turnaround Akron and then land at a school in one of the five big conferences.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 22, 2011 4:17 PM

    I’m rather surprised Akron passed on Luke Fickle. He is an Ohio native, good recruiter and certainly qualified to coach at a school like Akron.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 22, 2011 4:42 PM

    Fickle isn’t qualified for even an Akron. He’s tainted by the stink from tOSU.

  5. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 22, 2011 4:54 PM

    @ thefiesty1:
    You have 2 postings in this thread and they are both very negative comments. Constructive comments are listened to and appreciated. Negative comments are very unbecoming and not very sportsmanlike.

  6. lbijake says: Dec 22, 2011 5:37 PM

    From his looks on the clip, it appears he is a member of the Ryan brother’s school of coaching.

  7. owtkast3 says: Dec 23, 2011 12:39 AM

    fickell had already informed akron he wasnt interested in the job.

  8. joenbama says: Dec 23, 2011 5:59 PM

    Hope ya’ll enjoy him, most folks I know around here are glad to see him gone.

  9. dadsource says: Dec 24, 2011 12:04 AM

    Terry Bowden is a great coach and a good man. Auburn officials (as we’ve seen time and time again) idiotically chased a good man out of town. The guy would go down to the Swamp in the Spurrier Era and smack down the Gators.

    Terry is a good teacher, and of good moral character, and got done wrong at Auburn. He was a good friend of Joe Paterno and knows the game well, and- by the way, the Zips have always been a pretty good team, now they will give other teams fits.

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