December 1, 2010

Tommy Bowden rested, ready to coach again

Tommy Bowden is rested and ready to coach again.

"If the right job opened, I would listen," Bowden told

Bowden has been out of coaching since leaving the Clemson post after six games in the 2008 season, living in the Florida Panhandle.

"I have had some phone calls and interest," said Bowden, who went 72-45 at Clemson from 1999-2008. "But I'm not going to take a job to take it and then regret it a few months into it. I want to make sure I can succeed."

Bowden's name has come up in the Vanderbilt coaching search. His name presumably would help in recruiting, and Bowden has success coaching at Tulane (18-4 record from 1997-98).

Other names mentioned at Vandy are Temple's Al Golden, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Miami of Ohio's Mike Haywood and Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper.

"We'll see what happens," Bowden said.

Minnesota update
Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi fired Tim Brewster on Oct. 17 and still hasn't hired a replacement. Maturi has said he wants a proven coach; Brewster never had been a head coach or even a coordinator.

Don't be shocked if Maturi considers Randy Shannon, who recently was fired at Miami after going 28-22 in four seasons.

Another name that may emerge is Jeff Jagodzinski, the former Boston College coach who is coach of the Omaha team in the UFL.

Indiana update
The Indiana search should begin to pick up steam.

Early names to replace Bill Lynch include Toledo coach Tim Beckman, Miami of Ohio's Haywood, former Kansas and Minnesota coach Glen Mason, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, Temple's Golden, San Diego State coach Brady Hoke and Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill.

Franchione to Texas State?
Look for Dennis Franchione to be a top target for the Texas State job.

He coached the school from 1990-91, when it was called Southwest Texas State, and went 13-9. Texas State is a FCS program, but is moving to FBS and to the WAC, making the job more attractive.

Franchione may be holding out to see if the New Mexico coaching post opens. He went 33-36 from 1992-97 with the Lobos.

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for He can be reached at, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.

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