Offseason notes: Once again, the MAC was untouched by realignment in the past year, but 4 teams either fired or lost their respective head coaches.
Bowling Green on December 18 announced the hiring of Dino Babers as the new head coach of the Falcons. Babers led Eastern Illinois into the FCS playoffs this season, finishing 12-2 after a loss to Towson in the second round. His QB at Eastern Illinois, Jimmy Garoppolo, passed for 5,050 yards and 53 TD's this season. While at Baylor, Babers coached Robert Griffin III.
BGSU lost Dave Clawson when he was named the new head coach at Wake Forest on December 10. Clawson had just finished leading BGSU to its first MAC title since 1992 and completed his tenure with the Falcons with a 32-31 record. That tally may seem unimpressive on the surface, but consider that the last two teams he had with his recruits were 18-8 overall and 13-3 in the MAC.
Last year, Dave Doeren moved to N.C. State after leading Northern Illinois to a second straight MAC title, and Darrell Hazell left runner-up Kent State to take the reigns at Purdue.
Chris Creighton was named the new head coach at Eastern Michigan on December 11. He has been the head coach at Drake (FCS) for the last 6 seasons, and had previous stints at Wabash (Division 3) and Ottawa, Kansas (NAIA). He owns a career record of 139-46, including 42-22 mark at Drake. He replaces Ron English who was dumped on November 8, the day before its home game with Western Michigan. English had spent nearly 5 full seasons in Ypsilanti where he guided the Eagles to only 11 wins in 57 games (11-46) and was 1-8 this year. EMU appointed offensive coordinator Stan Parrish as interim head coach. Parrish had served as head coach for short stints at Kansas State and Ball State at the FBS level, and Marshall when the Herd was 1-AA program in the mid-80's. Parrish didn't do much to pad his head coaching record as he went 1-2 with EMU to run his FBS career mark to 9-51-1.
Mark Whipple returns to Massachusetts to reprise the role he held from 1998-2003 when the Minutemen were playing at the 1-AA (now FCS) level and won the 1998 national championship. Whipple was 49-26 during that stint. He replaces Charley Molnar who was fired the day after Christmas after going just 2-22 in two seasons in Amherst. Molnar had previously served under Brian Kelly at Notre Dame as offensive coordinator. Since his last gig with UMass, Whipple has been an assistant with the NFL's Browns, Steelers and Eagles, and also spent 2009-2010 with the Miami Hurricanes. Whipple has a career record of 121-59 but has never led a program at the FBS level.
Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin was announced as the new head coach at Miami (Ohio) on December 3. Martin won 2 national titles as head coach of Division II Grand Valley State before spending the past four seasons as an assistant at Notre Dame. Martin took over as offensive coordinator and QB coach of the Irish this past season after previously coaching the defensive backfield.
Martin replaces Mike Bath who was named interim head coach when Don Treadwell was fired on October 6th after an 0-5 start. Even after the change, Miami completed the 2012 season as one of only two FBS teams, along with Georgia State, to go winless. Bath was the quarterback and wide receivers coach under Treadwell whose overall record was 8-21, including a conference mark of 6-10.