'Second to no one'
Bower glad to be staying at Southern Miss
Posted: Friday December 18, 1998 10:50 PM
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower said he is happy to be staying in Hattiesburg.
Bower was in the running for the head football coaching job at Baylor, but he withdrew his name Thursday -- the same day Carolina Panthers assistant coach Kevin Steele told players he received the job in Waco, Texas.
"I have decided to remove my name and stay at Southern Miss. My family and I have always loved Southern Miss and we are happy to be a part of this program. I intend to devote all my attention to recruiting and prepare this team to play in the Humanitarian Bowl," Bower said in a statement.
Bower said he "thinks Southern Miss is at a point where we need to be considered second to no one."
Bower was one of six coaches who reportedly interviewed for the position.
Officials at Baylor refused to confirm that Steele is headed for Waco, but they have a news conference Friday to announce the hiring of a new coach.
At Baylor, Steele would replace Dave Roberts, who was fired this month after his teams went 2-9 in his only two seasons.
Steele, 40, has no head coaching experience, but spent three seasons with the Panthers' inside linebackers after a six-year stint at Nebraska. He also was an assistant at Oklahoma State, New Mexico State and Tennessee, where he played from 1976-79.
Copyright © 1999 CNN/SI. A Time Warner Company.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.