Report: Mike Bajakian could be candidate for Bowling Green job

Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian answers a question during a press conference in the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian answers a question during a press conference in the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian could be an option for Bowling Green in its search for a new head coach, according to a report by CoachingSearch.com.

Bajakian, 39, has served as coordinator for Butch Jones during all seven of his years as head coach, including stops at Central Michigan and Cincinnati.

Bowling Green is searching for a replacement for Dave Clawson, who was hired as new head coach at Wake Forest.

Like Bajakian, Clawson is an alumnus of Williams College. He served as offensive coordinator for Tennessee in 2008 before being hired as head coach at Bowling Green.

Bowling Green had not contacted Tennessee for permission to speak to Bajakian as of Tuesday. Other candidates for the Falcons could include Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.

Durkin is a former Bowling Green player. He was a graduate assistant on Urban Meyer’s Bowling Green staff in 2000-2001. Tennessee assistants Tommy Thigpen and Zach Azzanni also coached on that team.

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atnvol#283282 writes:

Lot's of good potential OC's out there...if the grass is tempting..go graze...life goes on.

ModelMaker writes:

If Bajakian should leave I am going to bet that Jones goes after George Quarles, the Maryville coach as his new offensive coordinator. Just a hunch.

poppatock writes:

Maybe Tee would now want to return??

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

If Bajakian should leave I am going to bet that Jones goes after George Quarles, the Maryville coach as his new offensive coordinator. Just a hunch.

I would love to see Quarles get a shot. With the success of Malzahn, maybe a great HS coach has a better chance of making such a jump. Hiring him could even help with recruiting, in-state at least, given his familiarity with the Tennessee HS coaching community. But that might be just a little too much out-of-the-box risky thinking for Jones. He probably knows any number of somewhat more seasoned and instantly credible names that might be willing to come to UT.

ORboy writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I would love to see Quarles get a shot. With the success of Malzahn, maybe a great HS coach has a better chance of making such a jump. Hiring him could even help with recruiting, in-state at least, given his familiarity with the Tennessee HS coaching community. But that might be just a little too much out-of-the-box risky thinking for Jones. He probably knows any number of somewhat more seasoned and instantly credible names that might be willing to come to UT.

Malzahn may be the exception to the rule of a high school coach making the jump to college success. I remember a fellow named Gerry Faust who was very successful in the high school wars in Ohio. Won something like 5 "national championships" before becoming one of the worst coaches in Notre Dame history.

lonesome_dove writes:

if the Vols have to find a new OC, please find someone who is flexible and will adapt to the strengths of the talent at hand, not someone who stubbornly tries to jam a square peg in a round hole - like this year.

we tried to run a finesse offense with a power offensive line. no wonder those guys struggled. we needed to be in an I formation with our O-line firing off the ball and knocking people on their backs, not holding blocks for 2 - 3 seconds while a scat-back hunted for a hole somewhere.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ORboy:

Malzahn may be the exception to the rule of a high school coach making the jump to college success. I remember a fellow named Gerry Faust who was very successful in the high school wars in Ohio. Won something like 5 "national championships" before becoming one of the worst coaches in Notre Dame history.

As you say, it's always going to be a coin-flip for a guy to go straight from coaching on Friday nights to coaching on Saturdays. I don't see Quarles going straight to a head coach position as Faust did, but he could take the Malzahn route as an OC first. Not saying it could or should happen at UT, just saying it is something to think about.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to lonesome_dove:

if the Vols have to find a new OC, please find someone who is flexible and will adapt to the strengths of the talent at hand, not someone who stubbornly tries to jam a square peg in a round hole - like this year.

we tried to run a finesse offense with a power offensive line. no wonder those guys struggled. we needed to be in an I formation with our O-line firing off the ball and knocking people on their backs, not holding blocks for 2 - 3 seconds while a scat-back hunted for a hole somewhere.

Yeah, that was a beef of mine as well. I was doubtful of the usefulness of trying to install a whole new offense when they already knew they would have a completely different line next year. Unless a staff is willing to just write off a whole season and start over right out of the box, it HAS to consider what is already on hand in its first season. Any staff has be able to adjust from year to year, even if they do have hard-and-fast notions about how they want to play.

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