Falcons ready to start prep for Pitt (12-13-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 13 December 2013 22:51
DETROIT — It’s been a busy week for Adam Scheier, the interim head coach for the Bowling Green football Falcons.
Scheier was officially announced as the interim coach on Tuesday, the same day as Dave Clawson, BG’s head coach for the last past five years, was named head coach at Wake Forest.
‘‘You’re learning every day, but as an assistant coach with aspirations of being a head coach there is no better experience than experience, and I’m gaining that right now,’’ Scheier said Friday afternoon at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl media luncheon. ‘‘This is going to be an unbelievable two weeks. There is a task at hand, and there is an outcome we hope to achieve on the 26th.
‘‘I’m going to enjoy it. I’m going to learn from it, and I’m going to do my best to keep this program going in the right direction,’’ he continued. ‘‘For those of you who have followed us for five years, you’re seen the progress. That’s been the most amazing thing, that it went exactly according to plan. It was culminated last Friday night with the MAC (Mid-American Conference) championship win.
‘‘Now we have one more opportunity.’’
Bowling Green faces Pittsburgh on Dec. 26 with kickoff at 6 p.m. in Ford Field.
Bowling Green has final exams next week, and that will affect the practice schedule.
The Falcons will practice Saturday and Sunday.
‘‘That’s just to get them back into playing football; just running our base stuff,’’ Scheier said.
During finals week, the players will be watching film of Pittsburgh and doing their personal preparation. The staff will also start with its preparation for Pitt.
Next Friday night, the players start full practices again.
‘‘I have all the confidence in the world, that once we get through finals, that the staff, the seniors, the leadership of this program, will be right back in the flow,’’ Scheier said.
Warren Ruggiero, BG’s offensive coordinator, and Mike Elko, BG’s defensive coordinator, are currently recruiting for Clawson at Wake Forest.
Scheier said both coordinators would return to Bowling Green sometime next week to help with game preparation, and both will coach in the bowl game.
‘‘They are professional as they come ... I know they are excited to have the opportunity to come back and coach them one more time,’’ Scheier said. ‘‘To be honest, it’s the right thing to do in this situation, for those kids who have built this program to where it’s at, and to give them the best opportunity to cap off this season the right way.’’
CHRYST: Coming to Detroit and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, is special for Paul Chryst, the second-year coach at Pittsburgh.
Chryst has numerous ties to Bowling Green and the MAC.
Chryst’s brother Rick, was the commissioner of the MAC for 10 seasons.
‘‘I feel like I’ve been here,’’ Chryst said Friday afternoon. ‘‘I remember when BYU came, and seeing Marshall when they had their run.
‘‘The names, the people you talk about. That’s why it’s special, and personally it’s a significant place to go.’’
Chryst played at Wisconsin for coach Dave McClain, who was the son-of-law of legendary Falcon coach Doyt Perry. Judy Perry McClain and her mother Loretta still live in Madison.
Chryst’s father, George, was on McClain’s first staff and Tom McClain, the son of Dave and Judy played for Chryst’s father at UW-Platteville.
Chryst was an graduate assistant coach for Don Nehlen, a former player and head coach at BG, for two years at West Virginia.
‘‘It was a great experience. He’s an unbelievable person,’’ Chryst said about Nehlen.
TICKETS: Bowling Green has sold almost 5,000 of its 10,000 ticket allotment for the bowl game, Jason Knavel from the Falcons’ athletics communications department, said Friday.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:16

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