Well, so much for Tommy Bowden hanging on until the end of the season. While there is no official word, the Clemson recruiting sites first reported that Bowden was out. Now ESPN.com has "sources" saying the same thing.
Clemson fired football coach Tommy Bowden on Monday, four days after the Tigers lost to Wake Forest and fell to 3-3, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
Bowden informed his assistant coaches of his firing this morning. Assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney has been named the team's interim coach for the final six regular season games and potential bowl game.
Looks like the weekend rumors panned out, just as it seemed that Bowden was safe for the season.
The guess is that the big boosters just couldn't take it anymore and agreed to help with the huge buyout. It also gives Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips a head start on officially searching for a new head coach. Considering Syracuse, Washington and other programs look to be making moves, this is probably a very smart move.
While there will be plenty -- especially in the coaching ranks -- who will decry a mid-season firing, there's no denying the results of getting a head start. Just look at how well it worked out for North Carolina and Florida.