The coaching wheel is spinning at full speed these days and it’s not just head coaches who’re the subject of rumors. Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian is reportedly on Bowling Green’s list of possible replacements for departed head coach Dave Clawson.
Ironically, Clawson served one miserable season in Knoxville as the Vols’ O-coordinator before he himself landed the Bowling Green gig. His one season in the SEC resulted in a 5-7 season and Phillip Fulmer’s forced resignation. Since landing in Ohio as head coach — which he’d been at Richmond prior to his Tennessee move — Clawson has improved he Falcons’ record from year to year. Last week his team won the MAC Championship Game and handed Northern Illinois its first loss of the season.
Bajakian is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts (also like Clawson). He has bounced around quite a bit in his coaching career. Since 2007 he’s been the offensive coordinator for Butch Jones, first at Central Michigan (in the MAC like Bowling Green) and then at Cincinnati. In other words, he knows the conference and he has recruiting contacts in Ohio.
Clawson accepted the head coaching job at Wake Forest this week, potentially opening the door for Bajakian to move up.