Tag:Tommy Bowden
Posted on: October 14, 2008 1:13 am

Clemson aiming too high

Tommy Bowden was a great coach for Clemson. Clemson fans may pine for a return to the "Glory Year", when Danny Ford actually won all his games. However, in reality Clemson is a school in a low population state, with PLENTY of competition for players all around them (Ga, Ga Tech, UNC, South Carolina, TN, UNC, NC State, Wake, Duke, etc). All of those schools play in more exciting locales than Clemson can offer.

This is a school that didn't even get into a bowl from 1959 to 1977, and for the most part only regularly started appearing in bowls after the proliferation of games started to let teams with marginal records in.

Outside of Danny Ford they've never had a long term coach with an outstanding record, and Bowden's winning percentage is far superior to Frank Howard's. Howard coached there for 30 years. Actually, they've only HAD four coaches you could call long term, Bowden, Ford, and Howard, and Neely, in their 114 years or so of playing football.

Sadly, in today's world even Div I-A schools with absolutely no tradition of excellence whatsoever think they are entitled to championships, whether or not there is any real likelihood of that ever happening. And so the coaching merry-go-round continues.

Moral of this story: They should have thanked God they had Bowden and the success he's achieved there. They'll be REALLY lucky to match it over the NEXT decade.

Category: NCAAF
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