Ex-Auburn HC Terry Bowden Joins Clemson's Staff as Unpaid Intern

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2019

AMES, IA - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Terry Bowden of the Akron Zips coaches during warm ups before game action against the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 26-13 over the Akron Zips. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
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Terry Bowden has a new job in college football...sort of.

The former Auburn and Akron head coach will work on the staff at Clemson as an unpaid intern, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN. Bowden is seeking a graduate degree at the school for athletic leadership, and he will work as an assistant for the football team.

The 63-year-old has been an FBS head coach for 13 seasons, accumulating an 82-69-1 career record.

Bowden is perhaps best known for his time at Auburn from 1993-98, leading the team to a perfect 11-0 record in his first year and winning a national coach of the year award. He went into broadcasting after his time with the Tigers came to an end but returned to the sidelines for stints at North Alabama and Akron.

He spent seven years with the Zips, going just 35-52 before being fired after this past season.

Now as he approaches another life transition, he will use the opportunity to help out a team that has high expectations going into 2019. Clemson is not only the defending national champions, but the squad returns star quarterback Trevor Lawrence as well as plenty of other talent on both sides of the ball.

Adding someone with Bowden's experience to the staff, even in a minimal role, will likely only help the team. Considering he has zero salary, there is little risk.

Bowden also likely knows the program well with his brother Tommy Bowden serving as the squad's head coach for 10 years before Dabo Swinney took over in 2008.