Bowden leaves UL-Monroe to be with ailing father


UL-Monroe coach Terry Bowden has left the group to be together with his father, Corridor of Fame coach Bobby Bowden, who has end-stage pancreatic most cancers.

The group confirmed Terry Bowden traveled Thursday to Tallahassee, Florida. Offensive coordinator Wealthy Rodriguez, the previous head coach at West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona, is main the group because it began coaching camp Friday. Rodriguez will stay interim head coach throughout Bowden’s absence.

The Bowden household introduced final month that Bobby, 91, was battling a terminal sickness, and Terry Bowden confirmed it was pancreatic most cancers. Bobby Bowden led Florida State to nationwide titles in 1993 and 1999, and recorded the second-most wins in Division I historical past with 357.

Terry Bowden is getting into his first season at ULM. He beforehand served as an FBS head coach at Akron and Auburn.

“There is a non secular facet of me that thanks God for all the nice instances I’ve had with my father,” Bowden advised the [Monroe] Information-Star. “We have identified for a pair weeks that it was terminal. Because it will get nearer, we’re grateful that it hasn’t been a tough or painful course of for him. The data that with Wealthy right here and us being shut, I’ve no drawback turning it over to him as a result of he is completed it virtually so long as I’ve. I am comfy sufficient in my footwear to let him step in and know that our program will run easily.”

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