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Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:33 am
Edited on: December 22, 2011 3:15 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

has found its next head coach, and despite the Zips' dismal record the past two seasons, the name is one that will be immediately familiar to college football fans.

That coach is current North Alabama head coach and former Auburn head man Terry Bowden, who the Zips introduced on their official YouTube channel Thursday afternoon:

Bowden spent one season at Akron as a graduate assistant in 1986 but has not coached at the FBS level in any capacity since his forced resignation from Auburn in 1998.

The son of Florida State coaching legend Bobby Bowden (of course), Terry spent three seasons with the Division II Lions and took them to the playoffs all three times. He coached at Auburn for six seasons, compiling a 47-17-1 record and an undefeated 11-0 campaign in his probation-saddled 1993 debut season on the Plains. Between his departure from Auburn and hire at UNA, Bowden spent several years as a television analyst and online columnist.

Though Bowden's resume and instant name recognition make this a quality hire for the Zips, he inherits a program at arguably the absolute bottom of the FBS. Akron went 2-22 the past two seasons under dismissed head coach Rob Ianello -- tying New Mexico for the worst mark in the FBS in that span -- and haven't enjoyed a winning season since 2005. 

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:40 pm

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

Ol' Terry will be a good coach for Akron.  He's a good motivator, a decent recruiter and knows X's & O's fairly well.

He's got the charisma that program desperately needs and he'll get them to a bowl game in just his 2nd season as the head man there.

Congrats to Terry, and the Zips on this deal.   

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:56 pm

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

I'm surprised as well that it took so long for a university to snap him up. He must be a great motivator as when he took over at Auburn they had no bowl game to play for and yet they went undefeated including a win in The Swamp (back when it was difficult to win there).  One thing about taking over a 2 and 22 squad... there is no place to go but up.  Maybe if he is successful, he can engineer a change in the university nickname. Roadrunners, Riverwolves, Racers, Natives ... just about anything has to be better than zips.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:58 pm

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

I'm kind of shocked it took so long for someone to hire him.   Good for Akron.  He is a good coach and recruiter.   Always thought he got thrown under the bus at Auburn. 

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:38 am

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

Terry Bowden was a good hire.

Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:30 am

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

Terry is a very good coach, look at his record.  For the record I met Terry had a drink with Terry and guess what that does not make Terry or me a drunk.  Wish the best for Akron, Iam hoping his next step will be to UCF when ever they decide to get rid of the coach they now have.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:36 am

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

Coach Bowden will be fine; Frank Solich moved on after getting a secretary pregant ant NEB; and he has Ohio playing big time.  It is OKAY to be e big fish in asmall pond.   And Terry "couch lock is not a good style"  weight watchers is looking for a new spokesman?  I say we revisit Akron's program in 2 years and see where they have gone.   Happy New Year and a new job no wonder Terry is smiling!

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:36 am

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

Good hire for Akron.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:24 pm

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

tjack,he also had a supposed affair with Bobby Lowders daughter who was his assistant when he was at Samford and followed him to Auburn so yes, you are right he did just ditch AU.This affair was pretty known in town,at Nimrods we had a big picture blown up and framed of them trashed in our bar.Bill Oliver tried to keep it together after Bowden left after a 1-3 start and even though I think he would have been fired at the end of the season, Bowden did just quit on his team,his staff and the Auburn family.I still wish him the best because he did coach some great wins at Auburn,like every coach since the bear died Bowden also had a winning record vs. bama.His 93 Auburn team was the ONLY unbeaten team in the country that year.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:11 pm

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

This is a perfect job for big-T.I was at Auburn during his last two years and Tubbs first year and Bowden was a different coach that Auburn was used to.He was a regular at the bar I tended which was called Nimrods back then and he would party,sometimes with some pretty girls.Bowden was a great fit for the time at Auburn,the team on probation but with alot of talent and he used it to excell.His first team was 13-0 and the only undefeated team in 93.10-0-1 in his 2nd season but recruiting was lagging,his big pick-ups seemed to be trouble makers who would get kicked off the team.The way I see him is a solid coach who can do great things when he has talent to compete,and I think the Zips scored with this hire.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:35 pm

Terry Bowden is Akron's new head coach

This is a perfect hire, for Terry Bowden.  Akron is in the MAC.  They have won two games in two years.  They have not been to a bowl since 2005.  Bowden gets most of his offensive players back, including all of his backfields two deep.  A lot of defensive starters will also come bak, although depth may be a problem.  Any improvment will be looked upon as a success.  He will help recruiting, though we are talking about a MAC school.  With the bar set so low, it is hard for Bowden not to improve this team.

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