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Terry Bowden: Former Auburn Coach Reportedly Headed to Akron

17 Oct 1998:  Head coach Terry Bowden of the Auburn Tigers looks on during a game against the Florida Gators at the Florida Field in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 24-3.
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2011

With the college football regular season offer, coaching changes are happening every week. 

The latest team to get a new head coach is the Akron Zips, who according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach, have hired Terry Bowden. 

Bowden hasn't been a head coach at an FBS school since 1998, which was at Auburn. He replaces Rob Ianello, who went 2-22 in two seasons as the Zips head coach. 

While at Auburn, Bowden had a record of 47-17, but he was forced to resign after six games in 1998.

Since then, Bowden was a college football analyst for ABC. In 2009, he took over as head coach for North Alabama, a Division II school. 

Bowden has a very difficult task ahead of him, seeing as how the Zips have been bottom dwellers of the MAC for quite some time. 

The last time Akron had a winning season was in 2005, when the Zips went 7-6, but lost in the Motor City Bowl to Memphis. 

The Bowden name has been a staple in college football for many years. Terry's brother, Tommy, was a head coach at Clemson, and his father, Bobby, had a ton of success with Florida State. 

There hasn't been a Bowden in FBS football for a few years, so we'll see if Terry can get the name going strong while at Akron. 

Many speculated that Bowden's decision to coach at North Alabama was just a start to get back to the FBS level, and look what we have now.

However, taking the job at Akron is a bold move because of how poor the program has been for years. It's not easy to recruit for the MAC, especially when the team has been awful. 

Bowden's name alone should help him, but even then it may not be enough. 


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