Bowden Meeting with Koenning Today

With LSU's Will Muschamp out of the picture to be Clemson's new defensive coordinator, Tigers football coach Tommy Bowden has set sights elsewhere and met with current Troy defensive coordinator linebackers coach and former Wyoming head coach Vic Koening for the first time Tuesday. <BR>

With LSU's Will Muschamp out of the picture to be Clemson's new defensive coordinator, Tigers football coach Tommy Bowden has set sights elsewhere and met with current Troy defensive coordinator linebackers coach and former Wyoming head coach Vic Koening for the first time Tuesday.

Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said Koenning was in Clemson Monday night, but had yet to meet with Bowden and that the two were expected to meet face-to-face today. Blakeney also said that he was first contacted and asked permission by Bowden to speak to Koening Saturday night.

"If he's not still in Clemson meeting with Tommy, he's on the road recruiting," Blakeney said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm not surprised at all that Tommy wants to interview him. Vic's a great person and a hell of a coach."

If it seems a little odd that Bowden would be interested in somebody from a little school like Troy, it's really not – at least in this case.

"Tommy and I were office mates at Auburn," Blakeney said. "I know all the Bowdens real well and this is where they hold their camp. But I know Tommy the best out of all of them."

Koening, 44, just completed his second year at Troy (it's no longer Troy State), where he guided the Trojans to the 16-ranked total defense in the country. Troy was also eighth nationally in rushing defense and passing efficiency defense, as well as 11th in scoring defense.

In 2003, Koening's first season with the Trojans, the defense finished the with a No. 6 national ranking in turnovers gained with 35. Also, Troy finished the year ranked 26th in rushing defense, 44th in pass efficiency defense and 39th in total defense after returning just four starters from the previous year.

Prior to joining the Trojans' staff, Koenning spent three seasons as the head coach at Wyoming. He served as the Cowboys' 29th head coach from 2000-2002 after working as the team's defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach from 1997-1999. The Cowboys had a 23-41 record under Koening.

Koenning also worked at Memphis, where he served as the defensive secondary coach for six seasons from 1991-96. He spent 10 total seasons there in a variety of roles - graduate assistant, strength and conditioning coach for football and as an assistant coach. After graduating in 1983 from Kansas State, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker, Koenning played for the Denver Broncos in 1983, and then signed with the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL in 1984. He played two seasons with the Outlaws, finishing first on the team in tackles his first season and second the following season. After a stint with the Green Bay Packers in 1986, Koenning retired from professional football and entered the coaching profession.

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