Eastern Illinois fans probably felt like they dodged a bullet last week when Eastern Michigan announced their new head coach. Turns out, they couldn’t dodge it any longer.
Bowling Green has hired EIU head coach Dino Babers.
In just two years at Eastern Illinois, Babers turned around a program that finished last in the OVC the year before his arrival to back-to-back OVC titles. This year, the Panthers earned a #2 seed in the FCS playoffs, and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Towson.
Babers will be introduced as head coach at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
“I am honored and excited to join the Falcon family,” Babers said. “BGSU has great facilities and the fans are proving, most recently through ticket sales for this year’s bowl game, that their support of BGSU football is among the best in the MAC. I want to thank President Mazey, Chris Kingston, and Lesley Irvine for the opportunity to take over the Bowling Green program. My family and I can’t wait to get to Bowling Green and become Falcons. While I look forward to my time at BGSU, I want to thank the Eastern Illinois players and fans for their support the last two years, especially President Perry and (athletics director) Barbara Burke.”
Babers, a former offensive coordinator at Baylor during the Robert Griffin III years, is considered by many one of the best offensive coaches in the FCS. His up-tempo style fit in perfectly with his personnel at Eastern Illinois. He’ s leaving while the iron is hot, as EIU is losing their All-American quarterback Jimmy Garopplo and top wide-reciever Erik Lora.