Clemson Relieves Tommy Bowden of Coaching Burden
The Bowden reign over the ACC seems to be winding down now that Tommy Bowden has been fired from Clemson after a 3-3 start. Wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney is taking over for Bowden in the interim.
On a national scale, Clemson is seen as a perennial underachiever and these sounds only got louder when Alabama waxed the Tigers the first weekend of the season. Those sounds became roars after the Wake Forest debacle, leaving the Clemson athletic staff with few options. The fact that Cullen Harper’s father was a vocal dissenter didn’t help much either:
Jeff Harper, an offensive lineman on Georgia’s 1980 national championship team, said Bowden’s dismissal was justified.
“I’d call it karma,” he said. “I thought it needed to be done. I think anytime a head coach or someone in a leadership position starts to place blame on his coaches and players, it weakens their respect on the team. His past experiences have shown he’s done that.”
Ouch. Talk about a ringing endorsement.