University of Akron fires Terry Bowden, begins search for new football coach

University of Akron fires Terry Bowden, begins search for new football coach
The Zips went to two bowl games under Bowden. (WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The University of Akron has announced the school has fired football coach Terry Bowden.

“I would like to thank Terry Bowden and his coaching staff for their dedication and passion to rebuilding the Akron football program,” Director of Athletics Larry Williams said.

Williams said the decision was made after a review of the entire program and reviews with the President of the school and the Board of Trustees.

"Akron Athletics greatly appreciates all that Terry has done for the University, and we wish him the best moving forward,” Williams said.

Akron has started the school’s search for a new coach. This Zips 4-8 this season, Akron was 35-52 under Bowden.

The Zips went to two bowl games under Bowden.

Bowden released the following statement:

“I’ve been told that I would not be retained at The University of Akron,” Bowden said. “It saddens me that I will not be able to work through this with my coaches and players. But the University feels it is time to bring in new leadership and a new direction. I want to thank the University of Akron for giving me this opportunity. I want to thank all of my assistant coaches, support staff, and players who helped turn this program around, especially our Senior Class which was one of the most productive in our Division I history. It’s been one of the greatest joys of my life to come to Akron and build this program, but also for the great relationships I have established. I am blessed to have the greatest fellowship of friends here in this community. I want nothing but the best for the University of Akron and all of Zips Nation.”

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