On Sunday afternoon, University of Louisiana-Monroe Director of Athletics John Hartwell released a statement stating that Warhawks’ head football coach Terry Bowden had been fired.
“After a thorough review, we have decided to make a change in the leadership of ULM football,” Hartwell said. “I want to thank Coach Terry Bowden for all he has done over the last three years for our football program and our university.”
Bowden won ten games in three years, including a 2-10 overall record this year with ULM. ULM has now had five consecutive losing seasons.
So, where does the program go from here? How does this kind of thing get turned around?
It’s not going to be easy, considering ULM hasn’t been to a bowl since 2012. The first step is replacing Bowden.
Tim Rattay is one potential candidate to keep in mind. Rattay is currently Oklahoma State’s quarterbacks coach. Rattay previously was an offensive assistant with Louisiana Tech for five seasons, where he was also a record-setting quarterback in the late 1990s.
Another name that has a nice ring to it for the role is that of former UAB offensive coordinator and interim head coach Bryant Vincent. Vincent was most recently the offensive coordinator at New Mexico, where he made a very bad offense respectable in his first season. The Lobos went from the nation’s second-worst scoring offense to the top half of FBS. UNM parted with head coach Danny Gonzales this week.
Also, what about Steve Farmer? In two different stints, Farmer has coached roughly ten total seasons at ULM in various capacities. He was also the offensive coordinator of that 2012 Warhawk team. He was also an assistant on the ULM team that won the Sun Belt in 2005. Most recently, he spent last season as Syracuse’s offensive line coach.
ULM may have difficulty attracting some splashier names, but believe it or not, there are plenty of coaches who would welcome the challenge of getting the Warhawks back in the win column more consistently.