By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Clemson Tigers will have a new voice. Head coach Tommy Bowden has stepped down, according to the Associated Press.
Bowden said that he stepped down for the future of the program. AP is reporting that Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips was planning to have a heart-to-heart with Bowden before he offered his resignation.
“There wasn’t a gun to his head,” Phillips said. “He put it on the table for the sake of the program. I agreed.”
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Despite stepping down, Bowden will still be paid by the program through the end of this season. The two sides agreed to a $3.5 million buyout following a contract extension that was signed in December 2007.
Bowden departs the program with a 3-3 record. As the Tigers head coach, he was 72-45.
He had been the program’s leader since 1999 before his resignation. Nearly every season that he was their head coach, the Tigers had a winning record and attended a Bowl game.
In 2004, the team finished with a 6-5 record. However, they declined to participate in a Bowl game.
Bowden leaves the program following a 12-7 loss to the No. 24 Wake Forest Demon Deacons on October 9th at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The game was broadcasted on ESPN.
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The Tigers have dropped their last two games. They were also defeated by the Maryland Terrapins on September 27th at Memorial Stadium on the Raycom Network.
Clemson’s last win under Bowden came in a 54-0 win over the South Carolina State Bulldogs on September 20th at home.
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