Source with direct knowledge told FootballScoop Sunday, Terry Bowden will not return as head coach at Akron.
Bowden served as head coach of the Zips for seven seasons.
Bowden took over struggling football program. The Zips had won one game in both 2010 and 2011 before his arrival. Under Bowden, that first year was rough as well; but he quickly brought them up competitive. From 2013 – this season, Bowden’s Zips averaged 5 1/2 wins per season, winning 8 in 2015 and 7 in 2017 (winning the East that year).
Source tells FootballScoop Bowden was informed today.
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Per Bowden's contract — which was set to run through Feb. 28, 2021 — he will be owed a buyout of just under $700,000, subject to his duty to mitigate and with offset from his future income from a coaching or comparable position https://t.co/V3BM1iLzrB
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 2, 2018
Update> The school has now announced the move, noting a national search will begin immediately. From the school’s release:
“I’ve been told that I would not be retained at The University of Akron,” Bowden said. “It saddens me that I will not be able to work through this with my coaches and players. But the University feels it is time to bring in new leadership and a new direction. I want to thank the University of Akron for giving me this opportunity. I want to thank all of my assistant coaches, support staff, and players who helped turn this program around, especially our Senior Class which was one of the most productive in our Division I history. It’s been one of the greatest joys of my life to come to Akron and build this program, but also for the great relationships I have established. I am blessed to have the greatest fellowship of friends here in this community. I want nothing but the best for the University of Akron and all of Zips Nation.”