Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Western Kentucky hires Bowen

KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen celebrates after a first-half defensive stop against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen celebrates after a first-half defensive stop against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.


Former Kansas University assistant football coach Clint Bowen will be named defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky during a press conference today, he confirmed in a text message to the Journal-World on Tuesday.

Bowen, the longest-tenured member of former Kansas coach Mark Mangino’s staff, was one of nine assistants let go following new Kansas coach Turner Gill’s arrival in December.

In nine seasons at KU, Bowen served as coach of the tight ends, running backs, and safeties, as well as special-teams coordinator and co-defensive coordinator, before being promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 2008 season.

Despite a number of defensive injuries in ’08, the Jayhawks finished 8-5 and beat Minnesota in the Insight Bowl, though the following season proved far less fruitful. The Jayhawks finished just ninth in total defense and 10th in scoring and pass defense in the Big 12 during a 5-7 ’09 campaign that ended with the forced resignation of Mangino and the subsequent removal of his entire coaching staff.

As of Tuesday, all but two former Kansas assistants — co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Bill Miller and tight-ends coach/recruiting coordinator Brandon Blaney — had found new homes.

Offensive coordinator Ed Warinner was named offensive line coach at Notre Dame, receivers coach David Beaty and offensive line coach John Reagan joined the staff at Rice (Beaty as offensive coordinator, Reagan as run game coordinator/tight-ends coach), special teams coordinator/running-backs coach Louie Matsakis and defensive line coach Tom Sims have accepted the same positions at Youngstown State (Sims will also serve as assistant head coach) and cornerbacks coach Je’Ney Jackson is expected to be introduced as a member of the Southern Mississippi defensive coaching staff later this week.

Former director of strength and conditioning Chris Dawson will serve in the same capacity at Kansas State.


Dirk Medema 8 years, 1 month ago

Why are ex-coaches the featured/pictured story? That is soooo 2009.

Let's get with the new decade and program. Send a photographer over to the new FB complex and get Quinn to throw a few fb's for you. Heck, have Quinn throw them to/from Jordan and you're ready for Friday as well.

Is it really that difficult to be current?

KU 8 years, 1 month ago

Well, there went Western Kentucky's hopes of playing any defense.

Andy Hess 8 years, 1 month ago

best of luck to Bowen. He can teach the Hilltoppers how NOT to defend.

Dave Harris 8 years, 1 month ago

I think we should remember that Bowen is a Jayhawk.

Yes, he may have gotten in over his head, but how many of you would have turned down that job if offered?

Best of luck, Clint!

dmb41fan 8 years, 1 month ago

To some of you that make snide comments about a past coach who dedicated his time and efforts to try and help KU football for as long as he did is truly poor class. First of all, none of you has helped coach a team to win an Orange Bowl, you probably never even won a game in your YMCA league. Why don't you go out out and do something first that would make you eligible to make a comment.

Way to set the standard 99Jayhawk, Clint not only coached at KU, but played for KU and graduated from KU, he should be remembered for that. Good luck Coach.

Rivethead 8 years, 1 month ago

Some people are so ignorant. Bowen was one of our best assets. That kid worked incredibly hard to climb the ranks from Grad assistant. He was also one of our best recruiters, especially for in-state talent. I wish him the best of luck.

Troy Abel 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm guessing all of you Bowen bashers are probably not from around here originally. You probably never got to see a local boy live his dream, put on a Division 1 uniform, and represent the school he grew up watching with pride and success. Then he entered the Division 1 coaching ranks which only a minute percentage of people who play the game of football will ever know. (One of the most cut-throat employment opportunities from what I am told). He got to see successes that we all cheered, but so many quickly forget.
So Clint, just remember that the folks that have known you a long time are very proud of what you have done, and wish you nothing but success. You are truly the definition of a life long Jayhawk. Good luck in Kentucky!

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm happy to hear about our former coaching staff and their new positions. I'm happy for Bowen, Warinner, Beaty, and the rest. It's especially good to see Beaty get a coordinator job, he deserves it. I wouldn't be surprised if he turns up in a BCS conference O-Coordinator job before too long.

tical523 8 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, nothing is worse than sour grapes or dwelling on the past. . . it makes you seem like a grape yourself (K-State Fan). I don't think anyone confused Bowen with Monte Kiffin but he did everything he could to help the K.U. football team and I am sure he has nothing but good things to say about it. Good Luck Clint.

Steve Brown 8 years, 1 month ago

best wishes coach: that team in Bowling Green had rough results lately lots of upside.

We used to schedule WKy annually in AFH fun to bring them back, they have nice BBall tradition.

Marcia Parsons 8 years, 1 month ago

Thanks, Dugan, for updating us on this. I've been wondering about these guys. Glad to see they are getting a new chance at other schools. Please keep an eye on Miller and Blaney and keep us posted.

hawk316 8 years, 1 month ago

Well said, Coyhawk.

Best wishes to Clint!

jhokfan 8 years, 1 month ago

Wish Gill had hired him but glad he found work. I think a lower position with a better program would serve his career better.

Scott Smetana 8 years, 1 month ago

Bowen is a great guy who has a passion for KU football. I hope we see him back someday. I'm not sure how much of our defensive problems were his.

Ryan Wood 8 years, 1 month ago

Bowen is largely the reason KU had the great players that won the Orange Bowl. Nobody on Mangino's staff, and I mean nobody, recruited better than Clint Bowen.

He had his growing pains as a defensive coordinator, but only a freaking fool would evaluate Bowen and not see his overwhelmingly positive contributions to KU football over the past two decades, from his playing days until now.

jahawker2004 8 years, 1 month ago

Nobody wants to talk about it, but Bowen was front and center in the NCAA infractions by the football team a few years ago.

bradh 8 years, 1 month ago

Thanks LJW for the update on the coaches.

Thank you Clint for your outstanding work on behalf of KU and best of luck throughout your career. It would be nice if we can get you back at some point.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 1 month ago

Great to hear about a Jayhawk. I personally have no interest in bashing Bowen, just not sure why it was or still is the featured story.

Let's get with the new decade and program. Send a photographer over to the new FB complex and get Quinn to throw a few fb's for you. Heck, have Quinn throw them to/from Jordan and you're ready for Friday as well.

Is it really that difficult to be current?

ShazzyD 8 years, 1 month ago

Dagger, read the articles you want to read and ignore the ones you don't. I, for one, was interested in finding out where our former coaches ended up landing. Its relevant considering I've followed the guy and cheered him on for the past few seasons.

Maybe it shouldn't be a featured story, but its not exactly a fast news week for NCAA football. There's no need to hate.

colohawk2814 8 years, 1 month ago

Hate.... pretty strong word, how about bored with the past? I think the comment is directed more at the contributors than at the subject. There is a significant amount of information that could be provided to the general public. The complete lack of coverage by this site is somewhat breath taking considering there is an entirely new staff. Some of us know little if nothing about all the changes that have unfolded, it would be nice to read some intersting articles about the new team on board. Who is who and what are they doing? Where did they come from, what is their background, what is their philosphy, etc. It is a good thing when fans are excited about football in February.

Steve Brown 8 years, 1 month ago

Coach best wishes at your new spot. We wish you well.

LJW: could you consider having a pciture of HCTG or some of his staff on the lead FB page instead of looking backward, let's look forward.

Rick Arnoldy 8 years, 1 month ago

Bowen is a Jayhawk. Glad to hear he landed well.

Fellowcoach 8 years, 1 month ago

Clint is a true Jayhawk! How rare to find someone who WANTS to stay at his alma mater. I wish him and his family the best at Western Kentucky.

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