Clemson Coughs Up Bowden Buyout

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - The Greenville News reports Clemson
president Jim Barker has sent an e-mail to the school's faculty
ensuring them the money to buy out football coach Tommy Bowden's
contract won't come from state money or student fees.

Barker tells the faculty the $3.5 million paid to Bowden over
six years will come from athletic department funds the school had
in reserve when Bowden was signed to a contract extension last

The slowing economy has led state officials to warn Clemson and
other universities they will likely face a midyear budget cut.

Bowden stepped down Monday and athletic director Terry Don
Phillips agreed to pay the buyout even though Bowden was not fired.