His rebuild is hardly done, but Terry Bowden has Akron up to four wins with three other close losses. (Jeff Haynes/AP)
With his team at four wins, more than the past three seasons combined, Terry Bowden has earned himself an extension at Akron, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today. Bowden's contract now runs through 2018 and arguably gives some stability to a program that was in desperate need of it prior to Bowden's arrival.
The Zips have won three of their last four after starting the year 1-6, and Akron dropped three of those games -- to Michigan, Louisiana-Lafayette and Northern Illinois -- by a touchdown or less. Coming into the year, Bowden emphasized progress and the growth his players have made from the challenges they faced the past three seasons.
“I feel like I’ve had 15 years of experience in one year, with the difficulties to overcome,” he said. “But looking back, you have to see where these young men grew from it and learned from it. They’ll be better from each loss. Nothing’s ever as good for you as wins, but you sure can grow a lot and learn a lot from a loss. These kids ought to be pretty grown up after the last three years.”