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Report: Wake targeting BGSU’s Clawson, Ball State’s Lembo

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Bowling Green’s romp over unbeaten Northern Illinois has already cost the conference millions in BCS money.  In the end, it could prove costly for the winning team on the sidelines as well.

A source has confirmed to ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy that Wake Forest has targeted a pair of MAC head coaches to fill its vacancy: BGSU’s Dave Clawson and Ball State’s Pete Lembo.  The latter has already interviewed for the opening, while the former is expected to do so in short order.

McMurphy reported that a decision from Wake Forest on a permanent replacement for the retired Jim Grobe could come as early as Sunday, presumably after interviewing Clawson today.

Clawson has been with the Falcons for five years and led the football program to its first conference championship since 1992 Friday night in Detroit.  In his third season with the Cardinals, Lembo has BSU in bowl games in back-to-back seasons for just the second time in school history.

Prior to Bowling Green’s stunner in the MAC title game, it was reported that Lembo was the likely front-runner for the Wake job.

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6 Responses to “Report: Wake targeting BGSU’s Clawson, Ball State’s Lembo”
  1. waynefontes says: Dec 7, 2013 11:26 AM

    I think Lembo gets the job.

  2. bender4700 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:29 AM

    Clawson just knocked off NIU and Jordan Lynch with a team who was very very bad in recent years.

    It’s his job to accept if he wants it.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Dec 7, 2013 12:08 PM

    Bowling Green is loaded again next year returning the core of both their offense and defense. They’ll easily be the preseason favorite to win the MAC again next year.

    If Clawson stays another year he should be in line for more lucrative jobs than Wake.

  4. erockfox says: Dec 7, 2013 1:46 PM

    what else would be more lucrative next year? a job at an AAC school?

  5. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 1:53 PM

    Why would Wake continue to be bottom feeder and actually wanting a coach from the MAC? Some programs never get IT.

  6. sburns20 says: Dec 7, 2013 2:51 PM

    The hiring of Mac coaches into the bcs schools doesn’t tend to work out. See Purdue and nc state this year who hired the fresh MAC coaches. Illinois the year before. I can’t blame the coach for taking the money and step up though.

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