He's back! Yes, that's Terry Bowden, who was hired as Akron's coach in December. He replaced Rob Ianello, who was fired after consecutive 1-11 seasons. Bowden was out of the coaching business after being bounced by Auburn midway through the 1998 season. He worked in TV, wrote columns and returned to coaching in 2009 at North Alabama, where he guided the Lions to three appearances in the Division II playoffs. Now he has to work his magic at a program that hasn't had a winning season since 2005.
Click the image to enlarge. Thanks to Gregg.
After the jump are two videos. The first is of Bowden talking about how excited he is to be part of the Akron family. The second features Bowden talking about the Zips' spring game.
Akron was 1-11 in Rob Ianello's first season as coach. The good news is that the Zips enter 2011 with a one-game win streak after beating Buffalo, 22-14, in the 2010 season finale. Akron opens 2011 at Ohio State.
The Ohio Bobcats, playing in front of 21.645 fans at Peden Stadium, defeated the Akron Zips, 38-10 on Saturday, and stayed on course to defend their Mid-American Conference East Division title. Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin traveled to Athens and took in his second game of the weekend. View his gallery by clicking here.
Akron was defeated by Syracuse, 29-3, in Rob Ianello's first game as coach. Ianello, a former Notre Dame assistant, took over for J.D. Brookhart, who was fired after a 3-9 season. Ianello didn't get any breaks from the schedule maker. In addition to the Orange, the Zips play at Kentucky and Indiana in the first month of the season. Things should improve once Akron begins Mid-American Conference play.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters. This is poster No. 68 for 2010. Thanks to Gregg!