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Tommy Bowden Out As Clemson Head Coach

Dave Congrove

Clemson and Tommy Bowden have parted ways after 9-1/2 seasons and a disappointing start to the 2008 campaign. The Tigers were expected by many to be the ACC front-runners this year. Instead, Clemson is just 3-3 halfway through its' campaign, and 1-2 in the ACC.

Offensive coordinator Rob Spence chose to also leave, according to reports.

Bowden agreed to step aside.

Assistant head coach, Dabo Swinney, has been named the interim head coach.

The preseason forecast at only projected a 3rd-place division finish for Clemson, albeit with an overall record of 10-2, 6-2 in the conference. In his nine complete seasons, Bowden's teams exceeded the Congrove Computer Rankings' preseason forecast four times, underperformed four times, and met expectations once.

He departs with an overall record of 72-45 at Clemson, and a career record of 90-49. His Clemson teams went to bowl games in eight of his nine seasons, and only failed to do so in 2004 as punishment for participation in an ugly brawl in the season finale win over state rival South Carolina.

Clemson began this season with a blowout loss to Alabama in Atlanta, and has already lost to Maryland and Wake Forest to drop to 5th place in the conference's Atlantic division. Its' lone ACC win was over N.C. State, currently the last-place team in the division.

The Tigers host Georgia Tech on Saturday.


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