Clawson’s salary jumps to $400,000

BGSU extended head football coach Dave Clawson’s original contract through June 30, 2019.
BGSU extended head football coach Dave Clawson’s original contract through June 30, 2019.

BOWLING GREEN — Bowling Green State University football coach Dave Clawson will be paid a base salary of $400,000 to coach the Falcons next season as part of the terms of his new contract, which was announced in late January.

At that time the school extended Clawson’s original contract through June 30, 2019.

His previous contract called for a base salary of $368,000 a year. Part of the salary increase comes from the removal of bonuses for incentives such as reaching a certain number of Mid-American Conference victories. Clawson still is eligible for bonuses for winning MAC division and league titles, earning a bowl berth and winning the bowl, and off-field areas such as team grade-point average, APR numbers, and retention of players.

The contract also includes an automatic escalator clause that guarantees that the salaries for Clawson and his assistants do not fall below the bottom half of the league.

The buyouts for the contract also changed. If Clawson elects to leave Bowling Green in the next three seasons, the school will be paid $200,000. That number drops to $150,000 in 2017 and to $100,00 for the final two years of the contract.

If the school decides to fire Clawson in the next three seasons, he will be owed $600,000. That number drops to $500,000 in ’17 and is $400,000 in the contract’s final two years.

Neviaser joins staff

BOWLING GREEN — Robert Neviaser has been named as an assistant coach for the Bowling Green State University football team. Neviaser will coach the linebackers and replaces Clark Lea, who left to join the staff at Syracuse.

Neviaser spent the last two seasons at Stony Brook University, located on Long Island. Nevaiser served as the Seawolves’ defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, helping the team advance to the playoffs each year. This past season with the Seawolves his defense ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense and sixth nationally in total defense.

He spent three years at Rhode Island, serving as defensive line coach each season while acting as defensive coordinator for the last two. Neviaser spent five seasons at the University of Delaware from 2002-06, helping the Blue Hens to a 41-22 record and a Division I-AA national title in 2003.

Neviaser has also spent time at Yale (1997-2002; outside linebackers), Boston College (1995-97; graduate assistant), Harvard (1994-95; offensive line assistant), and King’s College (1993-94; intern).

“We are very fortunate to get a coach with Rob’s experience level and familiarity with our defensive scheme,” Clawson said in a release. “Rob has a great reputation as a defensive coordinator, is an excellent teacher of defensive fundamentals and has a proven track record of being a successful recruiter. Rob also has a understanding of the emphasis we place on academics and overall character development of our student-athletes.”

Alex Stadler also joined the Falcons football staff as a graduate assistant. Stadler was a three-time all-conference offensive lineman at Liberty University, helping the team to three Big South Championships from 2008-10. Stadler spent the 2011 season at Liberty as a graduate assistant and the 2012 season as a graduate assistant at Richmond.