Saturday, April 30, 2005

Beckman to OSU Confirmed, Studrawa promoted

OSU and BGSU officially announced that Coach Beckman is going to coach at OSU on the defensive side of the ball. Apparently, there is a family tie between Coach Beckman's father and Coach Tressel.

Stud was promoted to Assistant Head Coach.

The top internal candidate for the job is John Bowers, who has been here five years, and coached the Dline last year. He has been a coordinator elsewhere.

Bowers came to BGSU from Stow High School where he served as defensive coordinator for one year. He has experience in the MAC serving on staffs at Eastern Michigan (1998 and 1993-94) and Kent State (1997) where he was the defensive coordinator. In 1996 at Eastern Illinois, Bowers helped direct a defense that ranked 11th in the nation overall and seventh against the rush. The Panthers had a two-year record of 18-6 and the 1995 squad won the Gateway Conference championship.He began his coaching career at James Madison as a football graduate assistant coach from 1979-80. Bowers became an assistant football coach at Washington & Lee for one season, 1981, and then spent two years as an assistant at Shepherd. Bowers moved on to Austin Peay as an assistant coach from 1984-87 before joining Illinois State as assistant from 1988-92. A native of Hagerstown, Maryland, Bowers graduated from JMU in 1979 after competing in football and baseball. He was the football team's offensive most valuable player and captain in 1978. He also earned his master's degree in education in 1980.

My guess is that this late, we won't have any choice but to promote him, but as long as Beckman is leaving, a fresh look at how we defend might not hurt anything. Maybe Bowers will have different ideas--or maybe, Beckman was a really good coach and nobody else could do any better with those players.

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