Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson to replace Jim Grobe at Wake Forest

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Dave Clawson will be the next head coach at Wake Forest.  (USATSI)
Dave Clawson will be the next head coach at Wake Forest. (USATSI)

Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson will be the next coach at Wake Forest, a source told CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Wake Forest confirmed the news Tuesday morning, and scheduled a press conference in Deacon Tower at BB&T Field to make the news official.

"We are very pleased to have Dave Clawson leading our football program," Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman said in an official statement. "Dave is a proven winner and leader and has had great success at every institution he has coached. Dave has rebuilt every program that he has coached and has led each institution to a conference championship. He has developed a national reputation as a builder of programs.

"Dave's expectations for our program and players are extremely high. We have much to look forward to with his leadership of our program."

Clawson led Bowling Green to a 10-3 record and MAC Championship, knocking off previously undefeated Northern Illinois in the MAC title game on Friday night. Jeremy Fowler wrote Monday that Wake Forest interviewed Clawson along with Ball State's Pete Lembo in the last week.

Before arriving at Bowling Green, Clawson was the head coach at Fordham, Richmond and offensive coordinator at Tennessee for one season (2008). Clawson has a 32-31 record with the Falcons, with two previous bowl appearances (2009, 2012) and 18 wins in the last two seasons.

Jim Grobe announced his resignation earlier this month after a 4-8 season in 2013. Grobe's record at Wake Forest is 77-82, with the highlight being the school's ACC title in 2006. Wellman, a Bowling Green alum, quickly began a search to make the program's first head coaching hire in 13 years.

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