Tommy Bowden says he didn't leave by choice

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday July 15, 2009

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says he didn't leave the program by choice.

Bowden said this week that he has never resigned from a job. He said he went to work last Oct. 13 expecting to keep coaching, but athletic director Terry Don Phillips came to his door early in the morning.

The meeting ended with Bowden agreeing to step down. He received a $3.5 million buyout and was replaced by assistant head coach Dabo Swinney.

Bowden had previously said little about his departure from Clemson, but spoke at a fundraising event for the University of North Alabama, where brothers Terry and Jeff are coaching.

The 55-year-old is moving to a condo near Panama City, Fla., and said he is open to coaching again.

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