So, yep, the Akron Zips have hired North Alabama's Terry Bowden as their new head coach. You may recall him from his '90s work with the Auburn Tigers. Thursday afternoon, Bowden said hello to Akron via a video tweeted by the school mascot, which is all pretty cute.
For expert reaction, we'll turn to MAC blog Hustle Belt:
Color me a bit shocked on this hire. It really did come out of nowhere, but that'll happen when Wistrcill demands nobody speak to anybody, not even at the deli counter (I'm assuming). Heck, just yesterday those who are confirming the Bowden reports said that the job would be given to Temple OC Scot Loeffler. Things change quickly, I suppose.
But the Akron faithful - and at this point, faith is all they have - seem pretty happy with this hire. And I don't blame them. At this stage in the game, their own alumnus were turning down the job and I felt they were left with a "reach" hire. Bowden isn't a reach. He may have signed a one-year extension with UNA earlier this month, which is odd, but Akron can obviously throw more money at him.
For more on the Zips, visit MAC blog Hustle Belt.