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Wake Forest hires Bowling Green’s Dave Clawson as their new head football coach

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By Anthony Caruso III

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have a head football coach.

Earlier tonight, we reported that Wake Forest has offered Bowling Green head football coach Dave Clawson the head football coaching job. And according to media reports, Clawson has accepted the job.

Dave Clawson (Getty Images)

Dave Clawson (Getty Images)

The deal is expected to be finalized tomorrow. It is expected to be a 5-year deal with financial terms disclosed.

Clawson takes over a program that went 4-8 this year. Wake Forest has had five straight losing seasons under former head coach Jim Grobe, who resigned from his position less than a week ago.

Wake Forest has not had a winning season since the 2008 season when they went 8-5 that year. That year, they won the EagleBank Bowl, and ended a streak of three straight bowl games for the school.

In 2006, the Demon Deacons had arguably their best season in school history. That year, they went an all-time best 11-3 and lost in the Orange Bowl to the Louisville Cardinals, losing 24-13.

Clawson interviewed with Wake Forest officials on Sunday. And Demon Deacons athletic director Ron Wellman attended the Bowling Green’s 47-27 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies in the MAC Championship game last Friday.

This season, the Falcons were 10-3 under Clawson’s guidance. Besides Clawson for the job, current Ball State head coach Pete Lembo was also a finalist for the job.

Clawson has been the Falcons head coach since the 2009 season. At Bowling Green, he presently holds a 32-31 record.

He has also served as the Fordham head football coach from 1999 through 2003. And was the Richmond head football coach from 2004 through 2007.

When he accepts the Wake Forest job, one of his assistant coaches will coach in the Little Caesars Bowl game the day after Christmas. The Falcons have made it to two Bowl games under Clawson; however, they lost the Humanitarian Bowl in 2009 and the Military Bowl game in 2012.

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