Athletic director Terry Don Phillips said his intent Monday morning was to have a candid, heart-to-heart with Bowden about the football team. But Phillips said he was surprised when Bowden offered to resign.
"There wasn't a gun to his head," Phillips said.
"He put it on the table for the sake of the program," Phillips said. "I agreed."
Bowden will be paid through the end of the season, then get $3.5 million as a buyout negotiated in the contract extension both sides agreed to last December.