Linder: No confirmation yet on Bowden’s move to Akron

According to ESPN and other sources, UNA head football coach Terry Bowden is set to take the head coaching job at the University of Akron.

Bowden had a 29-9 record at UNA during three seasons as head coach of the UNA Lions. The Lions finished this past season with a 9-3 record and fell to Delta State in the second round of the Division II playoffs for the second year in a row.

UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder said there has not been any confirmation that Bowden has accepted the job at Akron and he has not yet been informed of any changes in Bowden’s position with UNA.

Bowden could soon replace former Akron coach Rob Ianello, who was fired Nov. 26 after a dismal record of 2-22 in two seasons with the Zips.

Sources report that Bowden is set to take over an Akron program that hasn’t qualified for a bowl game since 2005, which was also their last winning season. The team overall has lost 31 of their last 36 games.

Since the 1980s, Bowden has coached a number of football teams, including Salem, Auburn and Samford universities. In his first head coaching position at Salem, Bowden inherited a football program that had gone 0-9-1 the year before he arrived in 1983. He quickly turned Salem into a winner as the school won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Championship.

He also did the same in his second head coaching job at Samford University, going in 9-1 in his first season there and also had back to back playoff appearances in his final two seasons.

Bowden then took over at Auburn University compiling a record of 47-17-1 including an undefeated season in 1993, but was forced to resign after the 1998 season.

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