Clawson lands on his feet at Bowling Green

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

It didn't take former Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson long to land on his feet, a testament that this past season was more the exception than the rule.

Clawson was named Friday as the head coach at Bowling Green on the heels of what was a disastrous season for him at Tennessee, which went 5-7 and finished 115th nationally in total offense.

For whatever reason, it just wasn't a fit for him at Tennessee. The players never picked up his West Coast-themed offense, and there was never an identity. The Vols were also woeful at quarterback, which further prevented Clawson from doing a lot of the things he'd hoped to do offensively.

And when things turned south, there was no turning back.

It was his first stint against Division I defenses, and there might have been some growing pains. But his resume tells you that the guy can coach and knows what he's doing. He was the Division I-AA Coach of the Year at two different places (Richmond and Fordham) before coming to Tennessee as offensive coordinator.

Now that he's back in charge and running his own shop, it's probably fairer to judge him on what he does these next four or five years instead of what he didn't do this past year at Tennessee when he wasn't the one making all the decisions.

Clawson's not the only former Tennessee coordinator on the move. John Chavis, the Vols' defensive coordinator for the last 14 years, was in Clemson earlier this week for his second interview and is at the top of Dabo Swinney's list for the Tigers' defensive coordinator job.

Swinney, though, could have some competition for Chavis. LSU has shown interest, and there will also be some NFL opportunities. Chavis turned down at least three NFL jobs while coaching at Tennessee.

The Vols finished fourth nationally in total defense this season.