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01/28/2013

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NOEL

I think this is a necessary and good move. I am interested in the financial terms on a couple of levels.

One, I hope that his compensation and commitment to him, and on a larger scale the program (turf, stadium renovations), is strong enough to counter any less-than-elite level offers in the coming years. I think that if Clawson can build something special here doesn't need a next step before the big step...

Two, I am interested in the financial commitment to his staff as a whole. I think the fact BG's staff has stayed fairly stable since Clawson's hiring is underrated. Continuity in the program can be a key to success on the field and in recruiting so I hope the commitment is to the Football Program on a whole.

The turf in the field house was a question I had when we first installed the FieldTurf at DLP Stadium. As someone who carries a scar on his shin from that turf (hs soccer, 1996) it is well overdue to be replaced!

Falcon1

I feel BG should have been poised to win the MAC title this past season and maybe even the year before that. Improvement has been slow and steady, but it seems other programs have passed us by. Maybe we are building something that will be sustained while these other teams are going for the quick fix. It concerns me that BG has not even won its division, and we have not played well in big games under Clawson. We still are not competing with Toledo, and we have to recruit better in Northeast Ohio. Hopefully this extension and facilities upgrade will put BG over the top soon. I don't want to wait five more years for a title. *Side note: Did anyone notice that recently BG has taken a beating from its two biggest rivals? The BG men and women both lost to Toledo and Miami in basketball while the hockey team dropped two games to Miami. That is six losses in just a few weeks time to our rivals. Not good.

John_Wagner

Falcon1: Not arguing, just curious: What Mid-American Conference football programs have "passed BG by" since Clawson has taken over as coach?

Orangeandbrown

John, I think Clawson is doing a good job and deserved the extension. You could argue that Kent has passed him by, no?

Phil

I think the extension is well deserved. Clawson and his staff have returned stability to the program and he's done a great job recruiting. He's built a program that has a chance to succeed every year...getting us off that boom/bust cylce that's typical of the MAC. The renovations to the Perry Field house are overdue as is the renovation of Perry Stadium.

John_Wagner

Falcon1 & O&B: Perhaps with Kent, but I thought the seeds for that improvement were planted before Clawson came to BG and just blossomed in the last three seasons (when BG was fighting its "issues").

Gotta be honest: the only school I thought had "passed" BG was Ball State (beat Toledo, nearly beat KSU at their place). I'm thinking more THIS SEASON in terms of "passing" BG.

In the same period BG has "passed" Western Michigan and Central Michigan, and Miami to a degree.

I'd like to hear more from others, though ...

Michael Henry

Kent and Ball State seem to have passed BG, and don't forget that Toledo was pretty bad not too long ago. I do like the way Clawson has built the program with depth, but we have to start winning against good teams. We seem to fall short by a big play or two when we are in big games. This past season OU was the only decent team that BG beat, and OU was decimated by injuries at the time. I hope BG can get over the hump this year and at least win their division. We have a lot of good players coming back, but it will be tough to replace Chris Jones and Dwayne Woods on defense. There could be real trouble on offense if Anthon Samuel does not return and if Matt Schilz doesn't bounce back from injury and a shaky season. Being a Clevelander, I really don't like the "wait 'til next year" approach. 2013 needs to be BG's year.

Dennis Blue

In today's sports world, especially FB, you could make the argument that ALL D-1 coaches are "overpaid"...when you talk about 3-4 MILLION dollar salaries for a FB coach, that's ridiculous, no matter how successful the program is or has become. I think Dave has done a solid job of rebuilding the Falcons, including getting the APR issue straightened out...with 8 kids getting Academic all league recognition, that says something else about how he's recruited. Hopefully, this new group of kids will live up to the past 3 groups athletically AND academically.

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