Clemson football coach

Tommy Bowden

didn't have to leave for Arkansas to find the security he wanted.

Bowden agreed to a 4-year extension yesterday that, if he stays until the end, would keep him with the Tigers longer than any coach but the program's celebrated patriarch, Frank Howard.

"I fully intended when I came here 9 years ago to make this my last stop," Bowden said.

Bowden's new contract would take him through 2014 with only Howard's 30-season tenure at Clemson (1940-69) longer.

Other details of the deal were not released, pending review by a university trustees' committee. Amid reports Bowden was wooed by Arkansas, athletic director Terry Don Phillips says the coach's new financial package moves him among the highest-paid coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Bowden, 69-41 since taking over at Clemson in December of 1998, said he was never offered the Arkansas job by new athletic director - and Bowden's friend - Jeff Long and always felt confident he and Phillips would settle contract talks that began Nov. 25, a day after Clemson (9-3) defeated archrival South Carolina, 23-21.

The Tigers will play Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

In other college football news:

* Newly named Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini will serve in his capacity as LSU defensive coordinator when the Tigers face Ohio State in the BCS championship game Jan. 7.

* Lycoming College coach Frank Girardi is retiring after 36 seasons. He has a career record of 257-97-4 at the Division III school in Williamsport. He ranks 15th on the NCAA's all-time winningest coaches list, regardless of division.

* Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.

* Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith won the Wuerrfel Trophy in recognition of academic and athletic achievements and a commitment to community service.


* American bobsledder Todd Hays, 38, has ended a brief retirement and is eyeing one more Olympic shot in 2010. Hays drove a four-man sled to a silver medal in 2002, ending a 46-year medal drought for American men's bobsledding.

* The 2012 London Olympics could go over its $19.1 billion budget. John Armitt, the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, told a British parliamentary committee that the $5.5 billion fund set aside for budget overruns may not be enough.

Philly File

* Tina Sloan Green, who led Temple to national championships in 1982, '84 and '88, is being honored by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, citing her contributions to the game and the community.

Sport Stops

* A sexual-harassment lawsuit against the University of North Carolina women's soccer coach is scheduled to go before a jury on April 7. Former player Melissa Jennings accuses her former coach, Anson Dorrance, of sexually harassing players on the team. Jennings first filed suit in 1998. A federal judge dismissed the case in 2004, but the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back for a jury trial.

* Jake Gaudaur, who raised the profile of the Canadian Football League while commissioner from 1968 to '84, died at 87. *