December 11, 2008

Sources: Clawson in at Bowling Green

It hasn't taken former University of Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson long to apparently land on his feet.

Jettisoned November 30 by new head coach Lane Kiffin after just one season at Tennessee, Clawson is expected to be named on Friday as head coach of the Bowling Green Falcons, multiple sources have confirmed to VolQuest.com.

Attempts to reach Clawson, who would become the Falcons' 17th head coach, were unsuccessful.

Bowling Green was in need of a coach after athletics director Greg Christopher dismissed Gregg Brandon November 29 following a 6-6 2008 campaign. Brandon compiled a 44-30 ledger in six seasons at Bowling Green, three times leading the Falcons to postseason play. They began 2008 with a splash, upsetting Pittsburgh on the Panthers' home turf, 27-17.

Previously a two-time Football Championship Series Coach of the Year (formerly I-AA) with stops at Fordham, Villanova and Richmond, Clawson was hired last January as Tennessee's offensive coordinator, replacing David Cutcliffe after Cutcliffe had accepted the Duke University post. But Clawson's system, which had historically shown marked improvements by its second season, never got untracked in Knoxville. Tennessee struggled to a 5-7 campaign and averaged 17.3 points per game - tied for 111th among Football Bowls Subdivision participants.

VolQuest.com first reported last month that Clawson had been viewed as potential candidate to replace Phillip Fulmer in future years had his tenure as offensive coordinator been more successful. Fulmer stepped aside from his post at UT on November 3 but has agreed to serve the University of Tennessee as a special assistant to President John Petersen, VolQuest.com first reported on Monday, for a three-month term that expires Feb. 28, 2009.

Clawson has a career record of 58-49 as a head coach at the FCS level, and his final three years in Richmond - 2005-07 - marked the first time in 50-plus years the Spiders posted three-straight winning campaigns.

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