Questions Arise About Bowden's Buy Out Clause

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Oct. 15, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson University President Jim Barker has
sent a note to the school's faculty ensuring them the money to buy
out football coach Tommy Bowden's contract won't come from state
money or student fees.

The Greenville News obtained the e-mail Barker sent earlier this
week. In the e-mail, Barker tells the faculty the $3.5 million paid to
Bowden over six years will come from athletic department funds the
school had in reserve when Bowden was signed to a contract
extension last season.

The slowing economy has led state officials to warn Clemson and
other universities they will likely face a midyear budget cut. Bowden stepped down Monday. Athletic director Terry Don Phillips agreed to pay the buyout even though Bowden was not fired.

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