|2009 Bowling Green Falcons|
|2009 Record||0-0 (0-0 MAC)|
|Head Coach||Dave Clawson|
|Doyt Perry Stadium (23,724)|
The 2009 Bowling Green Falcons football team represented Bowling Green State University in its 57th season in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons play in the East Division of the conference, and compete each season against five to six divisional opponents, two to three West Division opponents, and one permanent cross-divisional rival: Toledo.
On November 28, 2008, Athletic Director Greg Christopher announced that head coach Gregg Brandon had been fired after six seasons and 44-30 record, including a 31-18 conference record, which was the best of any MAC coach since 2003 and led the team to three bowl games (2-1) and shares of two East division championships. Christopher stated that a culmination of on and off the field events led to Brandon's dismissal, nine months after Brandon received a three-year contract extension. The on-field problems included the Falcons 6-6 record, which was very disappointing as the Falcons were favored to win the MAC East division, and a 1-4 home record which included losses to Miami (OH) and Eastern Michigan (who finished 2-10 and 3-9 respectively) and a 40-34 double-overtime loss to eventual MAC Champion Buffalo, after the Falcons led the game by 20 points entering the fourth quarter and gave up two touchdowns within the final three minutes of the game. Off the field, eleven Falcons players found themselves in legal troubles, two of which were arrested on drug trafficking chargers. The program was also stripped of nine scholarships by the NCAA because of inadequate grades on the association's Academic Progress Report. Christopher stated that Brandon's post-game tirade about the lack of student support and attendance after the Buffalo loss, did not factor into his decision to release the coach.
On December 12, 2008, athletic director Greg Christopher named Dave Clawson as the program's 17th head coach. Clawson, served the previous season with Tennessee as the Volunteers' Offensive Coordinator and had been the head coach at Fordham and Richmond, winning three conference championships and two Div. I-FCS coach of the year awards. Others that were considered for the job included former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman (now head coach at Toledo), Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, former Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen (now head coach at Mississippi State), Louisville defensive coordinator Ron English, LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, Central Michigan assistant Zach Azzani, Missouri defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Purdue defensive coordinator Brock Spack
The following are some of the key players who will be no longer eligible to play in the 2009 season:
|10/10||@ Kent State||W||36-35||2-4|
|10/17||@ Ball State||W||31-17||3-4|
|11/3 (Tue)||@ Buffalo||W||30-29||4-5|
|11/12 (Thu)||@ Miami (OH)||W||35-14||5-5|
|Humanitarian Bowl (@ Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID)|
- ↑ Autullo, Ryan (November 29, 2008). BGSU picks Clawson as new football coach. Toledo Blade.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Autullo, Ryan (November 30, 2008). BGSU fires Brandon day after win over UT. Toledo Blade.
- ↑ Autullo, Ryan (December 12, 2008). BGSU picks Clawson as new football coach. Toledo Blade.
- ↑ Autullo, Ryan (December 5, 2008). Eberflus in mix for Bowling Green football vacancy. Toledo Blade.