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The Bowling Green Falcons are in search of a new football coach with Dave Clawson's departure for Wake Forest.
It's a fact that in the Mid-American Conference successful coaches will move on.
It's also a fact that the BG football program is light years ahead of where it was when Clawson arrived in December of 2008.
Our football team (as "Voice of the Falcons" I'll this once take the liberty of inserting myself as a part of the program) was a shell of what it had been just four years earlier.
There was a lack of discipline on and off the field. There were football players misbehaving and getting poor grades. There was a lack of toughness and accountability within the program. There was a lack of winning as well.
In other words, it wasn't BG.
Dave Clawson rectified that and we should all be appreciative.
When he was hired he talked of the opportunity to run a program with "integrity" at BGSU. It wasn't empty talk, he meant it.
And it didn't take long for the program to get better. In fact, it got better a bit too quickly.
Clawson actually caused himself a bit of a headache by winning too much his first year. He and his staff cajoled 7-wins and a Humanitarian Bowl berth out of a squad that had no business doing that well.
With QB Tyler Sheehan and WR Freddie Barnes setting records, Clawson and company maximized that season and were a blown coverage late in the bowl game from a 8-5 record in 2009.
They did so well that season because Clawson came in and was able to get the seniors in his corner.
Even with the success the team has achieved this season (MAC Champions) I still think 2009 was the best flat out coaching job in his five years in BG.
However, those of us in the know (not the least of which was Clawson) were well aware that the bottom was set to fall out.
The APR problems, player dismissals and departures, behavioral issues and bad recruiting of the preceding several years hit home in 2010 as BG went 2-10.
Even with that, Clawson and the staff coached their butts off that season as the Falcons were in most games and easily could've posted a 6-6 mark as the Troy, Temple, Miami and Buffalo games were all decided on literally the final play.
All were losses though and BG set a new school record for losses in a season.
While there was some grumbling about the backslide to 10 losses, Clawson stayed focused on building the program the right way.
He redshirted recruits, resisting the temptation of bringing in a bunch of junior college transfers. He focused on player development and recruiting and creating a program built on toughness and accoutability.
Here is also a proper spot to salute former A.D. Greg Christopher and BGSU's administration for not only hiring Clawson but having the intestinal fortitude to stick with the plan and trust in Clawson and his staff through the tough times in 2010-11.
I've been told that Clawson was the only interviewee to state that the second year for the new coach would be much worse than the first. And he was right on the money.
The program put the 2-10 season behind them and in 2011 the climb began as BG posted a 5-7 mark that included wins at Idaho, Miami and Buffalo.
Then in 2012, BG returned to the postseason with an 8-4 regular season and a trip to the Military Bowl.
That season, to me, really signalled the resuscitation of the program because it was accomplished by leaning on the running game and defense. And toughness.
The coaching staff totally flipped the script from the previous seasons' "pass happy" attack and tailored gameplans to the team's strengths.
It showed that this group could "coach 'em up" in whatever way was needed. They also consistently made halftime adjustments that led to BG dominating most games' second halves.
The transformation was almost complete. All that was left to finish the climb to Championship level was for the talent to mature.
And a change at quarterback.
When Clawson made the QB switch in the opening game of the 2013 season, he did something many coaches would have a tough time doing heading into a season of high expectations.
Matt Schilz was a three-year starter and had taken his lumps during the rebuilding and had, to a large extent, proven his worthiness in leading the team.
However, Matt Johnson's talents were impressive enought to warrant a "QB Battle" in Spring Ball and Fall Camp.
Even though Schilz started the opening game of the season after being declared the "winner" of the competition, I'm pretty sure Clawson knew all along that Johnson would be the man.
But it was handled in a way that didn't fracture the relationship between the two players or harm the team dynamic.
And it worked brilliantly.
Johnson added a dimension to the offense it had lacked and Schilz (to his credit) never became a distraction or a malcontent as his backup. I'm sure he was a big help to Johnson's preparation for games, especially early in the season.
This past Friday it all came together as the Falcons whipped previously undefeated Northern Illinois to claim the school's first MAC Championship since 1992.
I am affored the opportunity to be around this program and have some inside access and I can tell you that it's made up of a group of young men that represent BGSU in the best way off the field.
This staff has brought in quality football players while staying true to the standard of the players also being quality people.
It is also seems to be a tight-knit team. You never get a sense that there are "factions" on this team.
In other words, it's BG.
While I would never profess to know Dave Clawson or any other coach in totality; I can tell you that from what I've observed of his interactions with his family, his team and fans that he is without doubt as good a man as he is a football coach.
I think the final example of that can be seen in the fact that none of his players are "mad" that he has decided to leave.
That's because his team was aware of what was going on. He didn't hide the fact that this could happen.
He treated his team like young men not like fools.
BG football isn't a place for fools, at least not since Dave Clawson came to town.
Let's hope the next guy follows the blueprint in place.
Finally, on a personal note, Dave Clawson was as easy to work with as any coach I've ever been around. He actually seemed to care if I got what I needed from him.
Trust me, many coaches don't give a crap, even about there own radio guys or even their own Sports Information guys.
Thank you and good luck Coach Clawson...and now we all have an ACC team we can root for.
As the college football season winds down, the OSU Buckeyes are right where they want to be: one win from playing for the National Championship.
After all the teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing of Buckeye fans all season it worked out as it always does IF you win ALL your games.
The much discussed "anti-OSU" bias of the national media (overblown) doesn't matter IF you win ALL your games.
That's what I've always loved about college football. Every week is an elimination game. Say goodbye to that beginning next year when we expand to a four-team playoff.
There will be even less suspense and meaning for the regular season once the playoff expands to 8, then 16 teams (my prediction there, mark it down so I can say I told you so).
Meanwhile the Bowling Green Falcons have put together a very successful season (9-3, 7-1 MAC) as they'll play N. Illinois tomorrow night in the MAC Championship Game.
Two local products have helped in a big way: Heath Jackson (Ada) and Taylor Royster (L.C.C.).
Jackson, who has overcome injuries to both knees, has finally seen extensive playing time in his junior season, his fourth as a Falcon.
He has 21 receptions for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He had a huge TD grab early in BG's 49-0 demoliton of Ohio a few week back.
As for Royster, he's played in every game as part of the rotation on the defensvie line and has recorded 6 TFL and 3.5 sacks.
I get a feeling he'll come up with a big play tomorrow night as he seems to come up big in BG's biggest games.
He had a sack and 2 TFL at Indiana, recorded a sack at Mississippi State and had 2 TFL in the Ohio win.
Good luck to the Falcons in Detroit tomorrow night!
Staying in the MAC...
While he didn't get a win (0-7) as the interim head coach at Miami, Celina grad Mike Bath, I think, made a good impression and probably will be a head coach again soon.
When I saw the RedHawks in their loss to Bowling Green, they were well prepared, had a good gameplan and played hard. Even though they ultimately were routed by the Falcons, Bath had his team ready.
He deserves a top job and hopefully he'll find one this off season.
Also, congrats to local products Keith Wenning (Coldwater) and Jarrod Pughsley (Lima Senior) for earning All-MAC recognition.
Wenning, who threw for over 3,900 yards with 34 TD's, was named second team All-MAC. In most other seasons he would have been a first-teamer but Heisman Award candidate Jordan Lynch of NIU beat him out.
Pughsley, a former walk-on, earned third team All-MAC on the O-Line for the Akron Zips, who went 5-7, their highest win total since 2008.
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1. Changes coming for Great Lakes Collegiate League.
2. Real work now begins for Lima Senior football.
3. HS Football playoffs.
4. While complaining about lack of respect, OSU fans disrespect Baylor.
5. Bengals fans, take it easy on Andy Dalton.
6. "New rules" in college basketball.
1. World Series sloppiness.
2. The Bengals on letdown alert.
3. Playoff possibilites for all the area teams.
4. Update on local products playing college football.
Click here to listen to the podcast: 10-29-13
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I have come to realize that I talk alot faster than I type. So, I will sometimes (more often than my written submissions) post a link here to my latest rantings.
I'll try to do this every Monday and Friday while supplementing it with other postings as well.
Today I reflect on the Bengals and Browns and college football, inlcuding my prediction on one team making the National Championship Game! I also recognize three local products making the grade in college football and more...
Here is today's audio: 10-14-13
The Reds have been a confounding team this season and it has come down to one game, tonight's wild card game at Pittsburgh.
The problems this team has have been well documented and discussed throughout the season but the bottom line is that tonight begins "a whole new season".
While it's true that this team has no "clubhouse leader" to inject fire and/or discipline, I don't think that's as important in the postseason. The playoffs take care of that for you.
When the Reds took two of three in Pittsburgh a little over a week ago, the team seemed to have plenty of fire. The problem is that they tend to lose their focus and/or intensity over the long haul of the season now that there's no "take charge" guy to lead the team.
But there is no more long haul. Now it's day to day and full speed. I think this team will have the intensity it needs. That's doesn't mean they'll all of the sudden start hitting with men in scoring position though.
I do think a change in approach is warranted at the plate as it pertains to their best player, Joey Votto.
When somebody is on base in front of him, Votto simply must put the ball in play and not look for a walk. Period.
We can debate all this on-base percentage B.S. some other time, but again, this is the postseason. Votto is the best hitter on the team, if not the league and he MUST swing the bat EVERY TIME there is somebody on base. PERIOD.
In the postseason scoring chances don't come along much and when you have one you can't afford for your best hitter to pass up the chance to hit just because the pitch is an inch outside.
To illustrate Votto's philosophy, here's an excerpt from today's Cincinnati Enquirer piece by Paul Daugherty:
I asked him to explain his reasoning. He took nearly a minute before he answered.
“My responsibility as a hitter is to get the most out of an at-bat,” he began. “I take an approach that very rarely concerns itself with the current situation.” Again, his notion of what is most productive at the moment might be different than yours.
“Say, for example, I drove in 100 this year, hit 25 homers and I hit .275 or .285, and I gave up all those at-bats. That’s a 15-hit swing over the course of a season. People would be killing me, based on my contract,” Votto said.
The fact that he doesn't take the current situation into account when he's at the plate is disappointing. In fact, it's dumbfounding.
Let me say that I'm not a Votto hater but it's clear to me that this new "sabremetric" approach at the plate has clearly been motivated by his huge contract. It seems he's worried more about OPS and WAR than he is about W's.
Let me also say that while his approach is OK during the season (although I still think he needs to come off it sometimes) he is 100% wrong if he's going to use this approach in the playoffs. He must take into account the situation in EVERY at-bat in the playoffs and act accordingly.
Question: If Votto's up with one out and a man on second, do want him to take a 3-2 pitch an inch off the plate for a walk, thus leaving it up to Phillips or Ludwick or whoever...OR do you want him to drive that sumbitch to left-center and take your chances?
Yeah, me too.
With all that said, I do think the Reds will win tonight and I also think at least one wild card will win a pennant.
Why not the Reds?