Is Dave Clawson (’88) the most successful Eph football coach currently coaching?  He’s currently the coach of Wake Forest, which most recently finished 8-5, losing in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Wake Forest head football coach Dave Clawson said Thursday he’s going to self-isolate from his wife, cancer survivor Catherine Clawson, for the entire 2020 season beginning with training camp July 12.

Clawson explained his wife is at a higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19 because of her reduced white blood cell count, and it could prove difficult for him to avoid the coronavirus while working alongside the nearly 200 people involved in the Demon Deacons program, per ESPN’s David M. Hale.

“When I’m working on a daily basis, coaching 110 to 120 players and having a staff of 50, I don’t know how I could go home at night and honestly tell my wife I couldn’t have come in contact with [the coronavirus],” he said. “I love coaching, but I love my wife more. There’s no way I’m going to do anything that would put her at risk.”

That’s rough, to say the least.  As it looks more and more like (1) SARS-COV-2 is not going away anytime soon — and that things are likely to get worse before they get better, and (2) many places are nevertheless re-opening, I wonder if we’ll hear more and more stories about folks like Dave Clawson who are forced to separate from their families and friends for a period.

Penn State head coach James Franklin confirmed Tuesday he’s also planning to spend the upcoming campaign away from his family.

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