One thing is for sure, this Arkansas State Head Coaching job is in much better shape than it was in a year ago.
Could the Arkansas State job be enough to get one proven coach out of retirement persay?
Former Southern Mississippi Head Coach Jeff Bower hasn't coached since 2007 after being dismissed from the Golden Eagles after coaching there 17 years.
His overall record as the head coach is 119-83-1, he was 63-24 in his last 12 years. His teams went bowling 10 out of 12 years from 1996 until 2007.
The big question here is does the 58 year coach want to get back into the game he loved so dearly. My guess is that he is waiting for the perfect opportunity. This ASU job may be the one for Bower.
Known as a great head coach who wasn't scared of playing anyone anytime, also has been known for being a disciplinarian and a great recruiter.
After his resignation in 2007 Bowers made something quite clear.
"I want you to know there's a lot of fight left in Jeff Bower, and I'm not done yet, Bowers said.
Is Bowers the right man for the Arkansas State job vacancy?
It would be hard to argue if you could find another proven winner with the desire to get back in to the game.
Guided by his competitive fire, his loyalty and dedication and his tremendous character and work ethic, Bower's teams have put a quality product on the football field year-in and year-out, ready to step up to any challenge. It's been through that guidance that the Golden Eagles have joined elite company in all of college football - a group that boasts 13-straight winning seasons and nine bowl appearances in the last 10 years. And with each season that passes, the growing legacy of Jeff Bower for Southern Miss football continues to become even more and more impressive.
Under Bower, the Golden Eagles have posted an impressive 112-77-1 record, making him the second winningest coach in school history. In the C-USA era, his teams have posted a 58-19 league record, ranking among the top 10 list nationally for conference victories over the same period. He is the dean of conference coaches, with his teams winning four Conference USA championships (1996, 1997, 1999, 2003). Following the team's perfect league season in 2003, Bower was selected as the Conference USA Coach of the Year for an unprecedented third time, adding to his awards in 1997 and 1999. His 190 games coached also make him only the second USM coach ever to coach more than 100 games, with Vann (200 games) being the other. In 2005, Bower also joined Vann as just the second head coach to win 100 games at Southern Miss, after he won his 100th career game on Oct. 21, with a 38-28 victory at UAB, becoming the 20th active coach to earn his 100th career victory.
Bower also has compiled that enviable record, while playing only 76 of those 190 games at home. His teams have posted a 60-16 record in those 76 games, including a 44-11 mark over the last 10 seasons.