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Bowling Green hires Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Dino Babers went 19-6 in two seasons at Eastern Illinois
Dino Babers went 19-6 in two seasons at Eastern Illinois. (USATSI)

We have one less coaching vacancy as Bowling Green announced on Monday that it had hired Dino Babers to replace Dave Clawson.

"I am honored and excited to join the Falcon family," Babers said in the official release. "BGSU has great facilities and the fans are proving, most recently through ticket sales for this year's bowl game, that their support of BGSU football is among the best in the MAC. I want to thank President Mazey, Chris Kingston, and Lesley Irvine for the opportunity to take over the Bowling Green program. My family and I can't wait to get to Bowling Green and become Falcons. While I look forward to my time at BGSU, I want to thank the Eastern Illinois players and fans for their support the last two years, especially President Perry and (athletics director) Barbara Burke."

Babers has spent the last two seasons at Eastern Illinois, where he led his Panthers to a 12-1 record in 2013 before losing to Towson in the FCS quarterfinals. Before going to Eastern Illinois Babers spent four seasons as a coach on Art Briles' staff at Baylor, and he brought that same offense with him to Eastern Illinois.

It worked pretty well, too, considering that Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garappolo won the Walter Payton Award this season, which is basically the Heisman Trophy of the FCS.

Now Babers will be bringing his up-tempo attack to Bowling Green which means that we're all in store for some more high quality #MACtion next season.

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