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Longtime Kansas Assistant Clint Bowen Leaves Program

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After over two decades with the KU football program, longtime assistant Clint Bowen is leaving the program for an assistant role at North Texas.

Bowen is a Lawrence native and spent this past season as Les Miles’ safeties coach. Now, he heads south to be the new defensive coordinator for the Mean Green.

“It had to be the perfect situation for me to leave KU,” Bowen stated in a release from UNT, “and that is exactly what UNT offers. Coach (Seth) Littrell is so well respected in the coaching profession and has established a foundation and culture at UNT that puts the program in position for tremendous success. I am excited to be a part of the future of Mean Green football.”


Bowen is a KU lifer, coaching at KU every year since 1998, except for one when he left for a graduate assistant position. He was defensive back for the Jayhawks in the early 1990s. Following the firing of Charlie Weis in 2014, Bowen even served as the interim head coach at KU, going 1-7 during their final eight games.

Included in the UNT announcement was a statement from Bowen’s former head coach Mark Mangino who said, “Clint will do an outstanding job as UNT’s new defensive coordinator. He is an exceptional teacher of fundamentals and schemes and does it with with a tireless work ethic. He played a key role in our success at Kansas and is also an intense recruiter that knows how to build relationships. Clint and his wonderful family will be a positive addition to the Mean Green family.”

North Texas is coming off a 4-8 season and a 3-5 record in Conference USA play.

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