The MAC is sometimes known as the cradle of coaches for good reason. Coaches enter a MAC school, build them up and leave for huge opportunities. Big names like Urban Meyer, Brian Kelly and Brady Hoke all coached in the MAC.
The Bowling Green Falcons, who went 10-3 and upset the then undefeated Northern Illinois Huskies in the MAC Championship game, earning a spot in the Little Caesars Bowl, found that out this year. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons took notice of the success, hiring head coach Dave Clawson away from the Falcons to replace Jim Grobe, who stepped down as the Demon Deacons’ coach.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported the Falcons agreed to replace Clawson with current Eastern Illinois Panthers’ head coach Dino Babers.
Under Babers’ guidance, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in FCS.
Babers, who will be the first black coach in Bowlling Green football history, succeeds Dave Clawson, who took the job at Wake Forest.
Babers is 19-7 in two seasons with the Panthers. That includes a 12-2 season this year. Babers’ Panthers nearly knocked off North Illinois themselves, falling 43-39 back on September 21. Unfortunately for the Panthers, their season came to end on Friday when they were knocked out of the playoffs by the Towson Tigers 49-39.