Former Auburn and Akron head coach Terry Bowden will join the Clemson staff as an unpaid graduate intern, CFT has learned. The news was first reported by TigerNet on Monday.
Bowden, 63, will pursue a Master’s degree in athletic leadership at Clemson University and volunteer for Dabo Swinney‘s staff while studying. Ironically, Bowden is connected to the program as his older brother, Tommy Bowden, was Clemson’s head coach before Swinney, and it was his mid-season firing that led to the then-wide receivers coach Swinney becoming the interim head coach for the final seven games of the 2008 season and, a decade-plus later, a future Hall of Fame coach with two national championships and a $93 million contract.
Terry Bowden spent the past seven seasons as Akron’s head coach, going 35-54 with the Zips before his firing last December. His 2015 team went 8-5 and won the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and his 2017 team claimed the MAC East Division championship, the program’s first since 2005.
Prior to Akron, Bowden went 47-17-1 as Auburn’s head coach from 1993-98. His 1993 team went 11-0 amid NCAA sanctions, and his ’97 team went 10-3 and appeared in the SEC Championship. Bowden resigned after a 1-5 start to the 1998 season.
Outside of the FBS level, Bowden has been incredibly successful at three different schools. Starting at age 27, Bowden went 19-13 with a West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as Salem University’s head coach from 1983-85, went 45-23-1 with a trip to the Division I-AA semifinals at Samford University from 1987-92, and went 29-9 with three trips to the Division II playoffs at the University of North Alabama from 2009-11.
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is joining Florida’s staff as an analyst, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Benoit.
Zampese spent the 2016-17 seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator after serving 13 seasons as Marvin Lewis‘s quarterbacks coach. Cincinnati went 13-18-1 in Zampese’s two seasons running the offense, which is why he spent 2018 as the Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks coach and the first part of 2019 as the offensive coordinator for the AAF’s Atlanta Legends.
He is the son of former Chargers, Rams, Cowboys and Patriots offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.
It is not immediately known what the younger Zampese’s role will be with the Gators, but his experience indicates he’ll work with Dan Mullen and coordinators John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales to develop Florida’s offensive plan and help Brian Johnson tutor the quarterbacks, or perhaps use his coordinator experience to self-scout Florida’s offense and scout Florida’s future opponents.
All the reporting that came out since the bombshell reports saying Connecticut is looking to leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the non-football Big East have confirmed that, yes, this is really happening, likely in time for the 2020-21 athletic year. The reporting has also said that UConn’s soon-to-be-homeless football program will not drop down to FCS, but instead join a different conference or try to make it as an FBS independent.
On Saturday, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that UConn has determined it will not return to FCS, where the program competed for most of its history before joining the then-power conference Big East in 2004.
On Sunday morning, NCAA.com’s Andy Katz followed with a note saying it looked like the Huskies will try to make a go of it as an independent, writing that UConn will attempt to schedule neighbors like UMass (a fellow independent), Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers while honoring existing contracts for home-and-homes with Duke, Illinois, NC State and others.
For a check in with someone who might actually know something, let’s see what Huskies head coach Randy Edsall has to say.
Either way, it sounds like the train is moving and we could hear something official sooner rather than later.
Steve Spurrier hasn’t coached a college football team since 2015, but that doesn’t mean the Head Ball Coach has retired.
The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and national championship head coach returned to his alma mater to serve as a brand ambassador in 2016, he’s appeared in commercials, and he won a self-proclaimed championship as head coach of the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived Alliance of American Football.
Now, he’s getting into the restaurant business.
On Friday, it was reported the 74-year-old Spurrier will announce that he’s seeking a partner to “operate his new American casual dining concept.”
Details are scarce at this point–that’s probably the point of the press conference–but I’m imagining Margaritaville with footballs. We’ll find out on Monday.