Just minutes after guiding the Bowling Green Falcons to their biggest win in 21 years, head coach Dave Clawson was asked by the media about his possible pursuit of other job opportunities. He did not take kindly to the question.
Clawson on rumors he's leaving: "We're going to enjoy tonight. I don't appreciate you asking right now. There's no comment on that."— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) December 7, 2013
Unfortunately for Clawson, he's going to have to get used to questions like that, if news reports today are true.
According to Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com, Clawson will interview in the next few days for the open head coach position at Wake Forest. In fact, Fowler also reports that Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman was believed to be in attendance last night at the Mid-American Conference Championship Game. It is very important to note that Wellman is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.
Wake AD Ron Wellman was believed to be at MAC title game last night to watch Clawson live.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) December 7, 2013
Wellman really couldn't make a bad choice in this situation, but Clawson clearly has the momentum. His team has won its last five games, each by at least 17 points, and has scored 45 or more in four of those five contests. His win total at Bowling Green has increased from 2 in 2010 to 5 in 2011 to 8 in 2012 to now 10 in 2013 (which the potential for an 11th win in a bowl game). Given his history of rebuilding other programs, it's doubtful that Clawson's stock at this level could ever be higher.
While Bowling Green fans (many of whom lamented Clawson after Bowling Green lost to Toledo) are hoping that Clawson will stay, the prospect seems very unlikely. If Wake Forest chooses Lembo, it will only be a matter of time before someone else comes to knock on Clawson's door.