Wake Forest interviews Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson
Bowling Green's Dave Clawson is interviewing for the Wake Forest head coaching vacancy, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Wake Forest officials planned to meet with Clawson in the Northwest Ohio area on Sunday afternoon.
Demon Deacons athletic director Ron Wellman attended Bowling Green's 47-27 blowout win over Northern Illinois in the MAC title game in Detroit on Friday night. The victory gave the school its first MAC football championship since 1992, and it spoiled the Huskies' BCS bowl chances.
The result also provided some momentum for Clawson's candidacy, as he led the Falcons to a 10-3 campaign in 2013 and has built a reputation as a meticulous program builder. Clawson and Ball State coach Pete Lembo are the favorites for the Wake Forest job. Wellman interviewed Lembo in the Muncie, Ind., area on Thursday. A decision is expected by Monday night.
Lembo has also been mentioned in connection with Connecticut opening, and he is expected to interview with Huskies' officials in Atlanta over the next few days.
The decision between Lembo and Clawson is a compelling one, as both found success in the MAC and in prior head coaching stints at smaller-division academic schools. (Clawson turned around programs at Fordham and Richmond; Lembo worked his way up through jobs at Elon and Lehigh.) Bowling Green will likely be the preseason favorite in the MAC entering 2014, as the Falcons are set to return eight players on offense. That should include sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson and sophomore running back Travis Greene, who rushed for a school-record 1,555 yards this season.
Clawson was pursued by Temple last year, but he decided to stay at Bowling Green. He was also interviewed for the Wisconsin job last year, ultimately finishing behind Gary Andersen.
Boise State officials reached out to Clawson within the past few days, but no interview has been set up.