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Mike Jinks Hired as New Bowling Green Head Coach

John Albright / Icon Sportswire

In a surprisingly fast turn of events, Bowling Green has hired a new coach just three days after the departure of Dino Babers to Syracuse.

Mike Jinks, associate head coach and running backs coach at Texas Tech, has been known around the Southwest as an offensive mastermind since his coaching career started in 1997.

The former quarterback at Angelo State University was an assistant coach at two different high schools before taking his first offensive coordinator job at David Crockett High School. Jinks’ head coaching career began at Burbank High School in 2005 before taking over at Cibolo Steele High School, where he not only built the program into a powerhouse from the ground up but also went 79-25 seven years, winning a Texas state championship in 2010.

At the college level, Jinks has helped build one of the most prolific offenses in the country at Texas Tech, where the Red Raiders currently stand 3rd overall in the country in total offensive yards at 7,134 on the season, behind only Baylor and Bowling Green. Under his tutelage, Texas Tech had its first 1,000-yard rusher (DeAndre Washington) in over a decade.

Bowling Green is quite used to a torrid pace, as the Falcons averaged somewhere around 93 plays a game this season on offense. It is widely assumed that Jinks will continue the up-tempo offense that Babers left behind, with a few added wrinkles.

Jinks is being compared by some in the coaching circles to current Baylor head coach Art Briles, whose revolutionary concepts were honed a the high school level and brought with him as an assistant coach and running backs coach at Texas Tech, before taking his first collegiate head coaching job at Baylor in 2003.

Of course, time is to tell if that will happen, but with the returning roster of the Falcons, combined with the commits who could potentially flip from Texas Tech to Bowling Green, Jinks has a real chance of success.

More will be announced by the school tomorrow afternoon.

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