Tommy Bowden Is Headed To Arkansas? December 4, 2007Posted by fitsnews in Sports.
FOOTBALL COACH SET TO LEAVE CLEMSON FOR FAYETTEVILLE
FITSNews – December 4, 2007 – Clemson University head coach Tommy Bowden has been offered a job at the University of Arkansas, ESPN is reporting this morning. Bowden is meeting with Clemson officials today for what appears to be the last time, according to the Greenville (S.C.) News, marking the end of a tumultuous nine-year career in which he boasted a 69-40 record, including eight bowl appearances and a 7-2 record against rival South Carolina.
Bowden, an Alabama native, would become the second Clemson coach in recent years to land a job with the Razorbacks. Former Clemson head coach Danny Ford – who won the Tigers only national title in 1981 – coached at Arkansas from 1993-97.
Bowden is reportedly being offered $2 million a year to replace Houston Nutt at Arkansas, with Clemson offering a two-year extension that would bring his salary to $1.6 million a year.
UPDATE – Remind us to never play poker with Tommy Bowden. It turns out the whole “I’m Going To Arkansas” thing was just a ploy to milk more money out of Clemson. Get it … “milk?” “Clemson?” Anyway, the Greenville (S.C.) News is now reporting that Bowden is staying with the Tigers, having agreed to a pay increase bigger than the $400,000 raise Clemson had initially offered him before he was supposedly all set to go coach the Razorbacks.