from the state.com:
CLEMSON — The second ax has fallen at Clemson, this one on its coach.
Tommy Bowden is out as the team’s coach.
Bowden informed his assistants of the change during a staff meeting this morning, a source said.
Receivers coach Dabo Swinney is expected to serve as the interim coach.
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Athletics director Terry Don Phillips imformed assistant football coaches Monday morning that receivers coach Dabo Swinney would be Clemsonâ€™s interim coach.
IPTAY, the schoolâ€™s athletic fundraising arm, later distributed an e-mail to members reporting Bowden had â€œagreedâ€ to part ways with the school following two meetings Monday morning with Phillips.
â€œWe agreed that this is the best solution for the direction of the program,â€ Bowden said in the letter.
Clemson has planned a 5:15 p.m. news conference.
In addition, offensive coordinator Rob Spence has not been retained by Swinney, multiple sources confirmed.
The Tigers were ranked No. 9 in the preseason and voted as the overwhelming favorite to win their first ACC title since 1991.
But they got off to a tumultuous 3-3 start, including a 1-2 ACC record that all but knocks them out of the Atlantic Division title hunt.
Despite having the top three vote-getters in the leagueâ€™s preseason player of the year voting – quarterback Cullen Harper and running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller – as well as record-setting receiver Aaron Kelly, Clemson has scored one touchdown in the past six quarters of losses to underdog Maryland and Wake Forest.
Criticism of Spenceâ€™s play-calling increased as a result, and on Friday, Bowden announced Harper would be benched for Saturdayâ€™s noon game against Georgia Tech in favor of redshirt freshman Willy Korn.
It is unclear whether Swinney will opt for Korn or Harper as Saturdayâ€™s starter.
Harper was quoted on ESPN.com as saying Bowden got â€œwhat he deserved,â€ but Harper said that statement was taken out of context.
â€œItâ€™s a tough situation around here,â€ Harper said. â€œThe season wasnâ€™t going as expected, and people are not happy. Now coach Bowden and coach Spence are out, but weâ€™re going to rally around coach Swinney. We all respect coach Swinney. He brings energy and enthusiasm.
â€œI just want the opportunity to go out there and win my spot back because I still feel like Iâ€™m the guy.â€
Harperâ€™s father, Jeff, said Bowden has always had the right to start whichever quarterback he wants to.
â€œBut the bottom line is, my problem was that Cullen wasnâ€™t playing bad. I think Cullen being benched was based more on a popularity move, trying to place the blame on Cullen more so than anything.
â€œAnd Tommyâ€™s had a bad reputation of doing that, going all the way back to Mike Oâ€™Cain. Throwing somebody under the bus to take the blame. From a leadership standpoint, the leader is the one who takes the bullet. You donâ€™t throw 19-, 20-, 21-year-olds under the bus. But heâ€™s been good at that, and I think it finally caught up to him.â€
Attempts to reach Bowden have been unsuccessful.
Tommy Bowdenâ€™s record at Clemson:
Year Overall Record Conf./Finish Bowl
1999 6-6 5-3/2nd Peach
2000 9-3 6-2/2nd Gator
2001 7-5 4-4/T-4th Humanitarian
2002 7-6 4-4/T-5th Tangerine
2003 9-4 5-3/3rd Peach
2004 6-5 4-4/T-6th –
2005 8-4 4-4/3rd in Atlantic Division Champs Sports
2006 8-5 5-3/T-2nd in Atlantic Division Music City
2007 9-4 5-3/T-2nd in Atlantic Division Chick-fil-A
2008 3-3 – –
At Clemson 72-45
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