NOTEBOOK: More Bowden Notes

After his press that was broadcast on the radio and in front of television cameras, Bowden fielded more questions, mostly from the print media.

Here are some of the things that were asked, along with his answers:

* Bowden admitted that the interest from Arkansas wasn't exaggerated, nor what the salary is believed to be, which ranges from $1.6 to $1.75 million.

* When asked if he was upset that Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe turned down the Arkansas job, Bowden replied, "I tried to encourage him to go. I told him I'd add $50,000 of my own money if he'll go."

* Several fans and a few members of the media believe Bowden purposely used his relationship with the Arkansas athletics director to get more money, years and a bigger buyout from Clemson. They feel that all staged and a ploy on Bowden's part.

"Obviously, I'm never going to reveal exactly what happened, but when you use it as leverage, you go and initiate or your agent goes and initiates the move and then you use it as leverage," Bowden responded. "But I did not initiate communication with Tulane, I did not initiate communication with Clemson and I surely didn't initiate it with this one and the other schools that have called. I think there are some agents and some guys that are known for initiating the conversations to stir up things."

* Bowden wouldn't directly answer whether or not he was prepared to leave Clemson for Arkansas. He danced around the question and offered this answer.

"I always pray for clarity," he said. "God, give me clarity. Make the picture clear. And that's what he did. He made the picture clear for me. It'd be hard to understand maybe for someone who doesn't have those values, but that happens to be my values and the picture was made clear in what I needed to do."

* Bowden has been bowl eligible during all 11 of years as head coach, dating back to Tulane. The two years he didn't go to a bowl was his first year at Tulane, when he finished 7-4 and turned down an invitation to the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, and of course in 2004 when the school forbid his team to go following a nasty brawl with South Carolina in the final game of the year.

Not going to Boise is a decision he now regrets.

"I (told the athletic director) my players can't spell Humanitarian, let's go to work and recruit," he said. "But if I had a chance to do it all over again, I would have gone, therefore I would have had a chance to go to a bowl every year I've been a head coach."

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