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Wake Forest to interview Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson

Dave Clawson got a moment to celebrate with his family after Bowling Green's victory in the MAC title game. (USATSI)
Dave Clawson got a moment to celebrate with his family after Bowling Green's victory Friday. (USATSI)

Wake Forest is scheduled to interview Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson at some point in the next few days, according to sources with knowledge of the search.

Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman was believed to be at the MAC Championship Game on Friday night to catch Bowling Green's 47-27 win over Northern Illinois, according to sources from the MAC and ACC. Clawson's camp has been notified of the process.

Ball State's Pete Lembo interviewed for the job during the week and impressed. He has momentum for the job.

Both MAC coaches are considered program-builders, Lembo having success at Elon and Lehigh and Clawson at Fordham and Richmond. Both have private-school experience, which is a plus at Wake. Both won 10 games this season, though Bowling Green's dominant performance over NIU on Friday could provide momentum for Clawson.

ESPN reported the Wake job is a two-man race for the job.

Lembo and Clawson have the same mentor, longtime Albany coach Bob Ford. Clawson and Lembo were last two finalists once before, at Richmond in 2004, which went to Clawson.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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