GREENSBORO, Ga. — Tommy Bowden could only laugh when a reporter asked him about coaching at Clemson for nearly a decade and not winning an ACC championship.
“You said it right — haven’t and still there,” Bowden said at last month’s ACC media day. “By the grace of God.”
Few other college football coaches have been afforded as much security as Bowden without winning a title. In fact, only two other ACC coaches have longer tenures at their current schools — and each has won multiple conference championships.
Bobby Bowden, his father, is entering his 32nd season at Florida State after winning 12 ACC titles in 16 seasons in the league. Frank Beamer is beginning his 22nd season at Virginia Tech and has guided his alma mater to two ACC titles in its first four seasons in the conference.
Nine seasons after leaving Tulane for Clemson, Tommy Bowden is still trying to win his first ACC championship.