Former WKU assistant Bowen named interim head coach at Kansas


The Kansas Jayhawks announced the firing of head football coach Charlie Weis Sunday morning, following a 23-0 loss to Texas on Saturday. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen will serve as interim head coach, and if that name sounds familiar to Hilltopper fans, it should — Bowen was defensive coordinator at WKU under Willie Taggart in 2010, before leaving for the same position with the North Texas Mean Green.

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Kansas Athletic Director Sheaon Zenger announced Bowen’s promotion in a press release.

"I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season, but I believe we have talented coaches and players in this program, and I think this decision gives our players the best chance to begin making progress right away."

A Lawrence native and 1995 graduate of Kansas, where he played defensive back for three years, Bowen returned home in 2012 after one season in North Texas. He was promoted to defensive coordinator the following year for the second time in his Kansas coaching career, after previously serving 13 years on the Jayhawk coaching staff prior to arriving at WKU.

While it has been hard to pull for the Rock Chalk’s since 2013 (but, I guess we can give the football team a pass), it’s nice to know the legacy of former WKU coaches continues to grow, and believe it or not, we’d love to see him become the Jayhawks new head full-time man.

What do you think of Bowen’s promotion? Do you have any memories of him on the Hill? Will you be rooting for the Jayhawks? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @WaveTheRedTowel!