Q. Talk about just the culture change you want to try to enact, what are some of the things you want to change philosophically from the outset?
TERRY BOWDEN: Well, the only thing that can change that is winning, now I can create an expectation of success, I can talk about success I've had somewhere else or the success I've experienced and vicariously you would hope they would be able to feel some of that and buy in.
But until we win, you can't completely sell the culture of success or the culture of losing. I think you've got to show them something. We have got to go knock somebody off that we ain't knocked off lately. We have to go play a little better than we've played and do something a little better than we've done.
But the first thing you've got to do is be a little bit bold in your presentation and you've got to create an expectation of success that these players will buy into and they will get excited about, and that they will believe that if they will just go with us, if they will go with our staff and go with me, that we together are going to have a successful level.
So I think all I can say is that you want to create a great expectation of success, and get the players to invest and buy into that and then ultimately, I don't think you can ever win anybody over until you actually have some success. I think you've got to at some point generate that success.
Q. It's been a roller coaster for fans and alumni the last month, can you take us through the past couple of weeks to tell us how you became head coach of the University of Akron.
TERRY BOWDEN: Todd Turner with the search committee, and I want to appreciate Todd how good he was to me when he called me and told me that the University of Akron was interested in me as their head coach. I don't think he realized the knowledge I had of the university. Not just because I had been here; he knew I had been here, but just fact that when I was broadcasting, when he left at 42 years old, I had been a head coach 15 years, and I left coaching to go to broadcasting.
But right before I turned 50, I hit that point where I looked in the mirror and said, is this what I want to do the rest of my life. I want to go coach again, and I was looking at schools even then identifying schools that I felt were on the verge. This is a place that's on the verge of something special happening. And there were about three or four but Akron was one of them. It was one that you just identified at that point and so I had had my eye on them.
And so when Mr.Turner called that they wanted to interview me, I said, are they really interested in me, are they really interested in me, because I'm interested in Akron. And I wanted him to know, I'm interested in Akron, are they interested in me. And he said yes.
And we came up and we met and you know, I sold my heart out, because I want to be here. I think I might have touched a few chords, and the next day, they offered me the job and I'm here.
So it was?? the process of meeting and face?to?face, was very quick, was over a couple of days, but my knowledge and my experience of getting to know about Akron was really way back before four or five years ago.
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