Tuesday, December 4, 2007

AND THIS LITTLE BOWDEN….

...went wee, wee, wee all the way to Fayetteville?

Arkansas has focused its coaching search on Clemson's Tommy Bowden and is prepared to offer Bowden a contract in excess of $2 million annually, sources told ESPN.com.

Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips is meeting with Bowden on Tuesday morning to try and persuade him to remain at Clemson. Earlier, Clemson had offered Bowden a two-year extension and $400,000 raise that would increase his total package to approximately $1.6 million annually.

Bowden and new Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long are longtime friends going back to their days at Duke (poor bastards). Bowden and Long met in South Carolina on Monday.

Bowden, 47, has seemingly been on the hot seat each of the last three seasons at Clemson, as fans have become frustrated with his inability to get the Tigers to the ACC championship game or a BCS bowl. Bowden has a 69-41 record in nine seasons at Clemson and is 87-45 in 11 seasons overall.

Bowden wasn't Arkansas' first choice. The Razorbacks initially made overtures to Auburn's Tommy Tuberville and also inquired about North Carolina's Butch Davis, who last month agreed to a contract extension with the Tar Heels.

(Editor's note: Is anybody shocked that Clemson's A.D.'s first name is Terry Don?)

(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

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