Friday, December 12, 2008

More gushing on Dave Clawson

  • He's 41.
  • He was a defensive back at Williams College (small prestigious school, people study there). He also played basketball. And he studied political economy.
  • The team's nickname is the Ephs.
  • He was an assistant at Albany, Buffalo, Lehigh, Villanova.
  • He coached for five years at Fordham (29-29) and four years at Richmond (29-20).
  • He was 3-19 his first two years at Fordham, and then 26-10 the next three years, including a trip to the I-AA Quarterfinals.
  • He was twice conference coach of the year with Fordham.
  • Prior to his arrival, Fordham had 12 straight losing seasons.
  • He was twice named I-AA coach of the year, once at each school.
  • After a 3-8 first season, he was 26-12 with the Spiders. He made the I-AA semifinals with Richmond, and made the tournament one other season.
  • His offenses there were huge, and he developed a highly ranked QB (Stacy Tutt, who is now with the Jets).
  • According to the release on, here are some players he has coached...Brian Westbrook (Eagles), receiver Brian Finneran (Falcons), tailbacks Rabih Abdullah (Buccaneers, Bears and Patriots) and Tim Hightower (Cardinals), quarterbacks Stacey Tutt (Jets) and Kevin Eakin (Bills), and defensive lineman Aki Jones (Redskins).

Most of the above information courtesy wikipedia.

Some more stuff. ESPN had this on him when he took the Tennessee job.

"His multiple offensive system using the talents of the players available to their fullest has been impressive," Fulmer said. "He has a great passion for recruiting, which is important for Tennessee, and his experience as a head coach will serve us well."

He had big time offenses at Richmond. Check the numbers out in his bio, here.

The offense has combined for 8,817 yards over the past two seasons, which is the most-ever in back-to-back seasons in Richmond football history.
Here's the Blade article introducing Clawson.

To be fair, you do have to mention that the offense at Tennessee was dreadful this year. (They scored 7 points against Wyoming, a team BG, for example, rolled over). It doesn't sour me on this coach, however, given his track record as a head coach and an offensive coach.

Here's the USA Today article when he went to Tennessee.

Note that he did leave Richmond one week after signing an extension.

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