Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Former Mangino assistant Clint Bowen to return as part of Charlie Weis’ staff

Former Kansas University defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, who coached at KU from 1998-2009, will return to Lawrence to serve under new head coach Charlie Weis, according to Journal-World sources.

Former Kansas University defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, who coached at KU from 1998-2009, will return to Lawrence to serve under new head coach Charlie Weis, according to Journal-World sources.


The Journal-World has learned that former Kansas University assistant coach and player Clint Bowen has accepted a position on new head coach Charlie Weis’ staff.

Sources would not specify what role Weis hired Bowen to fill.

Bowen, who just completed his first season as the defensive coordinator at North Texas, worked as an assistant at KU for 12 years and played defensive back for the Jayhawks from 1992-93.

He served as a defensive grad assistant from 1998-99, director of football operations in 2000 and coached running backs, tight ends, safeties and special teams before rising to become co-defensive coordinator in 2007 and defensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009.

Behind the scenes, Bowen, who was born and raised in Lawrence, has expressed interest in returning to his hometown since being fired along with the rest of the coaching staff following Mark Mangino’s forced resignation at the end of the 2009 season.

The addition of Bowen brings Weis’ staff one step closer to completion. During his first month on the job, Weis has hired Rob Ianello (wide receivers), Ron Powlus (quarterbacks), Tim Grunhard (offensive line) and Scott Holsopple (strength and conditioning). He also retained two former Turner Gill assistants in Reggie Mitchell (running backs) and Buddy Wyatt (defensive line). Nobody on Weis’ staff has as much experience recruiting Dallas as Bowen, who worked the area for KU, Western Kentucky and North Texas.

The positions that remain open on Weis’ staff include: defensive coordinator, defensive backs, linebackers, special teams and tight ends. At most schools, the defensive coordinator also coaches one of the defensive positions.

Brock Berglund update

Although attempts to contact his attorney, Kevin McGreevy, were unsuccessful, it appears as if Brock Berglund’s long and highly publicized legal battle in Colorado may be over.

Berglund, a former three-star, dual-threat quarterback from Highlands Ranch, Colo., was scheduled to appear in court for two straight days beginning Tuesday on a charge of misdemeanor assault for an alleged incident that took place last spring.

According to court documents, a pre-trial readiness conference took place Monday. After originally appearing on Tuesday’s docket as the beginning of a two-day trial, the case disappeared and no longer could be found when searching by case number. In addition, Berglund’s Twitter account featured a handful of messages alluding to Berglund’s troubles being a thing of the past.

Berglund, who spent the fall semester taking online classes from KU at his home in Colorado, plans to report to campus in time for a Jan. 15 team meeting.

KU adds to strength staff

KU announced the addition of two members of KU’s new strength and conditioning staff on Tuesday.

Josh Eidson and Juney Barnett have been hired to join head strength coach Scott Holsopple, who joined the Jayhawks last week after working with Weis for one season at Florida.

Eidson, a native of Oxford, Pa., comes to KU after nine seasons as an assistant strength coach with the Indiana University football program.

Barnett, a Philadelphia native, comes to KU after spending the last six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.


Bangkok_Jayhawk 8 years, 9 months ago


I believe he has experience with safetys, running backs, tight ends, and special teams in addition to his DC years.

Would love to see him coach safetys and special teams. I wouldn't be upset if he was a co-coordinator on defense. Defensive talent was not great, and opposing offenses WERE, when Bowen was DC. He is a Jayhawk, wants to be here, and it is great to have him on staff. HCCW has an impressive looking staff so far!

Laurence Cooley 8 years, 9 months ago

I love it when jayhawks want to come home!

Brad Avery 8 years, 9 months ago

Now, Charlie, bring the fat man back as OC, and we will have one big happy family again.

Lance Cheney 8 years, 9 months ago

And don't call me Shirley! Besides, the fat man already is the OC.

Sam Brockert 8 years, 9 months ago

Yea, I could only imagine the fights they would have...Self destructive to say the least.

Jim Jackson 8 years, 9 months ago

Charlie himself will be O-Coordinator. Berglund better be ready to suit up. I don't take a lot of credence into what people say on message boards, but this kid better be ready to perform and work hard.

Tati, any idea if he will be a RS frosh next season or did he just burn RS year?

Bville Hawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Re: Berglund, it seems that since he was taking classes last fall that that would have burned his red shirt year, but I'm no expert...

Sayers44 8 years, 9 months ago

Berglund Redshirt

Under NCAA rules, any player has five years to compete in any four seasons. Therefore, any player may take a year off ("redshirt") during his five years without losing a season of eligibility.

For example, if I enroll as a freshman at State U, I have five years in which to play in four football seasons. If the coaches feel that I am not ready or want to play other players ahead of me, they may hold me out of all the games my freshman year. Since I didn't play at all, my year of eligibility was not used. I have "redshirted".

As a sophomore, I will now have four years remaining to complete my four years of athletic eligibility. Even though I am a sophomore, I will be referred to as a "redshirt freshman", because I have four full years of playing time remaining.

danmoore 8 years, 9 months ago

The benefit of a redshirt is a player can practice along with the rest of the team thus improving his football skills without using up his eligibility. Brock never practiced.

PLKaws23 8 years, 9 months ago

Clint has accepted DBs and Specials Coordinator! An announcement from the university to come later in the week, possibly next week. Welcome back Clint, Rock Chalk.

Kevin Long 8 years, 9 months ago

Way off subject, but are we going to get the names back on the jerseys next year?? It drives me crazy having to remember numbers. I have a hard enough time with names.

danmoore 8 years, 9 months ago

This conversation drives me crazy. Why are so many fans obsessed with this?

Matt Kenton 8 years, 9 months ago

Well, as the OP said, it drives him crazy trying to remember numbers. To me, not having the names on the back is just silly, as just about every team in all the major pro and college sports do, and for obvious good reason. If you care about knowing who you are watching, then you want the names on the back. It also seems more professional to me, and I want KU to be just that.

Jim Jackson 8 years, 9 months ago

Anyone hear the news about Darrian Miller being upset at the new staff? I heard he was tweeting some angry statements aimed at the new staff. I don't have twitter so if someone could confirm this that would be much appreciated!

Bellator 8 years, 9 months ago

Hey I just got a new Samsung laptop yesterday and it came with free google and twitter!

Kevin Long 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't have twitter either, nor do I care too. As far as Miller goes though, I have heard a lot about him not being on board. So if he's not I guess he needs to go! I really liked him and think he has a lot of potential, but we need guys that are all in!

Jim Jackson 8 years, 9 months ago

Yeah but we just offered a scholarship to a JUCO RB when we already have 4 of them. Why would we do that?

Jim Jackson 8 years, 9 months ago

Yeah but we just offered a scholarship to a JUCO RB when we already have 4 of them. Why would we do that?

JayHok 8 years, 9 months ago

As fast as some of our players looked last year, they should become even faster and have even more endurance with this strength staff!

RCJ Weis!

Jayhawker111 8 years, 9 months ago

Berglund = A total waste of a redshirt year. Berglund never did practice in pads with the team. Berglund was only on campus for a week and then left. Reason unknown!


• Berglund orally commits to KU - Dec 20, 2010 • Berglund first reports to KU campus. - Jan 19, 2011 • Berglund leaves KU after a week – unknown reasons. • Gill says Berglund won't participate in spring drills - Mar 2, 2011 • Spring practice begins without Berglund - Apr 1, 2011 • Berglund comes to Lawrence to observe practice - Apr 5, 2011 • Third-degree assault incident between Berglund and another male takes place in Douglas County, Colo - Apr 9, 2011 • Berglund in Lawrence for photo day - Jun 15, 2011 • Berglund arraigned in Colorado - Jun 24, 2011 • Preseason camp begins - Aug 3, 2011 • Berglund appears in court - Jul 25, 2011 • Berglund has trial on assault charge – Jan 9 -10, 2012

Bville Hawk 8 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, thanks for the timeline. Talk about someone who's not all in...

beebe1 8 years, 9 months ago

rasta-? commented on Bowen something like 3-4 yrs back. They played on the same team. His comment that the DC was inept and inadequate when they were in school! Whoever taught Bowen 'defense' was the world's worst teacher. They always played 3-5 yards behind the receivers, consequently conceding the pass completion. They were clearly doing that at the time under Mangino. That's about when M took the off week to dip his hands into defense. The defense got better, but they didn't really face the problem. Unless he has had a new teacher, hiring Bowen back is a major problem. If he has any influence on the "defensive scheme", we are set for another Defensive failure!

JayHok 8 years, 9 months ago

When Bowen was a position coach and working with special teams we won the Orange Bowl.

That's what he's been hired to be. He wasn't hired yesterday by Weis to be the DC. Right up there in the article it says that.

Weis has a big fish in mind for the DC. He said that in the press conference. Needs to be someone who can run the defense as a head coach-type.

This Bowen add is great!


Matt Kenton 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm thnking it is an NFL guy whose team is still in the playoffs, hence no announcement yet. That or they are struggling to find someone.

danmoore 8 years, 9 months ago

Welcome home Clint.

Any chance Nolan Cromwell comes home?

Matthew Pritchard 8 years, 9 months ago

Beebe1! Did you even watch any of the games when Bowen was coaching DB's And Special teams. He took a 2 star DB, maybe you have heard of him Aquib Talib and made him into a 5 star talent. He takes good players and molds them into great players. Chris Harris is playing on a great NFL playoff defense, and he was coached by Clint Bowen. He was also contacted by Auburn and T A&m to coach on their staffs. We are lucky to have him back!

Good job Coach Weis! This staff is looking solid and i am hearing that Martinez could be the DC, Big splash if true along with fundamentals and discipline back on this defense. Welcome back Clint RCJHK!

Bee Bee 8 years, 9 months ago

I m familiar with signing day. Other schools are getting players on a daily basis. KU has gotten a few but we need A LOT MORE, obviously.

Mike Barnhart 8 years, 9 months ago

Read between the lines folks; the HC would never hire defensive assistants without the consent of the DC, especially after preaching the value of "coaching chemistry" at his opening press conference. Our DC is as good as hired, we just don't know who it is yet!

danmoore 8 years, 9 months ago

That sounds logical but if he's been hired why would they not announce it? Can't be professional courtesy because there is no such thing but if that is the case then we can rule out college coaches. So it would have to be someone from one of the existing 8 NFL playoff teams.

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