KU football interim HC countdown: No. 2, Clint Bowen


KU interim head football coach, Clint Bowen, watches the Jayhawks during drills before the game against the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan.

KU interim head football coach, Clint Bowen, watches the Jayhawks during drills before the game against the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan. by Mike Yoder

Charlie Weis was fired at 2-2 and Clint Bowen took over, juggling the duties of a head coach and defensive coordinator for the remaining eight games of the 2014 season.

The team played hard for him, had a late lead against TCU and defeated Iowa State. A groundswell of support for Bowen to be given the job on a permanent basis percolated in Lawrence, but then athletic director Sheahon Zenger didn’t want to go in that direction.

Kansas was blown out in the final two weeks of the season and Zenger included Bowen as one of the candidates he interviewed. But the selection committee did only phone interviews with every candidate except David Beaty.

Bowen’s first three defenses under Beaty were ranked among the nation’s worst statistically, begging the question of whether Bowen’s fiery personality might lend itself better to serving as a head coach than to coordinating.

His experience coaching eight games in 2014 would make the transition to interim head coach smoother than anyone else on the staff, but it also would make a harsh reality painfully obvious to everyone who hasn’t already figured it out: The program has gone backward, not forward, not stuck in neutral, under Beaty.

Since Bowen won one game and nearly won another in 2014, he would have to do the same to convince anyone that the program is in neutral, not reverse.


John Fitzgerald 4 years, 1 month ago

Gool ol Bill Miller number 1? If so I like it.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 1 month ago

Bill Miller #1 because you and many others have known for quite some time he is the only option for interim.

Terry Schmidt 4 years, 1 month ago

Each time an article is written like this, someone needs to provide a comment about the inappropriateness of this writer's work. We are in the middle of the season where many of us care about the players and coaches. Leave the personnel work to the new AD. I am disappointed in this writer's continued weary writing.

Sarah Reagan 4 years, 1 month ago

This is a sports blog, not a cheerleading section for any particular group. Many on here don’t look at it that way. Does a news reporter take pity on the subject of the story, or do they report every detail?

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 1 month ago

Go to Jayhawk Slant. They're the best cheerleaders for all KU Sports. Beaty could go 5-326 and they'll still say he needs more time.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 1 month ago


You run a fan girl twitter page for ku sports. You run a website where your information is hardly ever correct. You thought Peyton Bender would throw for 2k yards this year. You said Steven Sims was going to go off in a game he had 47 receiving yards on 3 receptions.

You are in no place to rag on the best place for quality inside information on the football program. The slant is the only website with a community that is even bearable and 90% are ready for Beaty to be gone three weeks ago.

I know you've really struggled to understand the concept of being a Jayhawk so I understand your attack towards the members of the slant. But a very high majority of those people walked through the campanile, trucked up the hills and worked their butt off in class. Something you can NEVER say about yourself.

Love, A Jayhawk

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 1 month ago

Still calling people bro huh Bryson. Act your age, oh wait you are. You dare to call out anyone after your KU by 17 over NichSt prediction? Such a munch.

Jacob Zutterman 4 years, 1 month ago

In all fairness, he's said KU by 17 in every prediction this year

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 1 month ago

lmfao the Jayhawks only filter must have blocked him out.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 1 month ago

I was just trying to get a rise out of Bryson. He reacted like a child as expected.

Titus Canby 4 years, 1 month ago

My vote for interim head coach - Sheahon Zenger.

Dane Pratt 4 years, 1 month ago

Clint did give us the Iowa State win which I am very thankful for. If he can deliver a W over the cyclones again he gets my vote.

Edward Daub 4 years, 1 month ago

I wonder whether Clint would say "Yes" to the Interim Head Coach Job. He might say "No" because of previous history and the Fact he already has a Full Plate to Tackle.

Clint already wears 3 Hats for KU, you can partially blame Beaty for Piling On on the Jobs. #1 , Clint is the Defensive Coordinator. #2, Clint is the Cornerbacks Position Coach. #3, Clint's Title includes the Words "Assistant Head Coach"!

Can Clint Handle even more "Information Overload"? Very Complicated!

Joe Black 4 years, 1 month ago

These articles serve no purpose what so ever. They are not helpful to the university, the players, coaches or fans. Let's just name Jeff Long as interim coach. He has some assistant coaching experience, was a quarterback in college and has been around some very good football programs. (tongue in cheek)

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