Wake Forest has hired Dave Clawson from Bowling Green as its next football coach, a person familiar with the situation said.
The person said a news conference to introduce Clawson was expected today in Winston-Salem, N.C. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the move had not been announced.
It comes three days after Clawson, a Lewiston-Porter graduate, led Bowling Green (10-3) to an upset of then-No. 16 Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game and one day after the Falcons were invited to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
His hiring caps Wake Forest’s weeklong search to find Jim Grobe’s successor. He resigned Dec. 2 after a 13-year stay that included five bowl games, but ended with five straight losing seasons.
While saying he didn’t want to limit the scope of his search, Athletic Director Ron Wellman said last week that his preference was to find a proven winner who had experience at a private school.
Clawson certainly fits the mold.
His profile skyrocketed Friday night when his Falcons routed Northern Illinois 47-27 for the MAC title, in the process keeping the Huskies from their second straight BCS berth. The win earned Bowling Green its third postseason appearance in his five years there.
Before coming to Bowling Green, he spent the 2008 season as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator — replacing David Cutcliffe when he left to take over at Duke.
And before that, Clawson rebuilt the FCS programs at Fordham and Richmond, which won the national championship during the season he spent at Tennessee. He was selected as the national coach of the year in what was then called Division I-AA at each of those schools.
Heisman finalists set
NEW YORK — Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony — though he’s not expected to have much competition.
The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Auburn’s Tre Mason and Boston College’s Andre Williams.
Six finalists invited to New York for the presentation are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday night.