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Terry Bowden to North Alabama

Posted on: January 1, 2009 9:50 am

T.B.'s long national nightmare is over.

For at least a couple of years Bobby's kid has been hankering to get back in coaching. There were a lot of jobs that seemed perfect for him. Heck, he had West Virginia until outside influences corrupted the process.

Congrats to Terry, then, for finally landing North Alabama. I know next to nothing about the Division II program. Apparently it did well in the playoffs last season. Terry should prosper in a winning program located in his comfort zone, Alabama. His presence alone will get North Alabama better play in the Montgomery, Atlanta and Birmingham papers.

But if this is all he could find after all the openings and all the searches, something is wrong. Rick Neuheisel got work. So did Mike Price. What did Terry do so horrible that made him unhirable for major I-A programs? And, no, I don't want to hear innuendo and gossip. I want to know what there was to make folks overlook his record (111-53-2). It wasn't his age (early 50s). It wasn't his personality (ever met a Bowden?). 

It's something close to ironic that the school that Terry led to an undefeated season, Auburn, hired a coach with a 5-19 record.

We'll miss you Terry, on the national circuit. You were a welcome comrade on the road doing color on the radio for national games. We owe for a lot of things. Glad you finally landed a gig. You deserved better.

Who knows, if you do well in Florence, the big time might still await. 


Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2009 2:12 pm

Terry Bowden to North Alabama

Dennis, the reason why no Division 1-A program would hire Terry Bowden was the fact he walked out on Auburn DURING the regular season.  Just like walking off a job in the real world, such behavior does not look good to potential employers.  Regardless of his record, age or personality, his career in big time college football was finished with that fateful decision.

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