Christopher Smith

BGSU Hires EIU's Babbers

Created on Dec. 18, 2013 6:19 PM EST

The college football landscape continues to await Texas' decision to replace Mack Brown, which almost surely will lead to several more coaching changes. Meanwhile, the remaining openings are disappearing fast.

Bowling Green will hire Dino Babbers of Eastern Illinois, who will replace Dave Clawson, Wake Forest's new coach.

Babbers, the first African-American coach in BGSU history, led the Panthers to an 8-0 conference record in the OVC this year and made it to the FCS quarterfinals, where the team lost to Towson. He took the team from last to first in the conference in 2012, his first season as head coach. Babbers was an FBS assistant coach every year but one from 1988-2011, most recently coaching Baylor's special teams and receivers under Art Briles.

"We are so proud to have Dino and his family join Bowling Green State University," director of athletics D. Christopher Kingston said in a statement. "Dino brings with him an incredible resume of successful experiences ... He is a proven winner who is in the business of developing young men who desire success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. His ability to maximize talent through skill development is unmatched."

Under Babbers, EIU quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 5,053 yards and 53 touchdowns this season, and the team lost to Northern Illinois, 43-39, on the road. Bowling Green, of course, knocked off the Huskies in the MAC championship.

BGSU will introduce Babbers at a press conference Thursday morning.

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