Curran: CMU Begins Search for New Coach

There wasn’t much to ‘fire up’ for in the Central Michigan football season this year.

The team closed out their worst finish in program history and parted ways with head coach John Bonamego.

Bonamego finished out his career with an overall record of 22-29.

The (1-11) Chippewas never were able to win a road game, conference game and ranked 129th (out of 130 FBS teams) in total offense.

The search has already begun for a new head coach.

Many have entertained the idea of getting Tony Annese from Ferris State and for good reason.

He has throttled competition in GLIAC play with an overall record of 73-14 since he took over the helm in 2011.

The Bulldogs are currently 13-0 and No. 2 in the country and play Ouachita Baptist on Saturday for an NCAA Division II regional championship.

Other TOP candidates:

Butch Jones – The former CMU head coach and Saugatuck native spent 2013-17 as the Tennessee Volunteers head coach. He won two MAC titles with the Chippewas during his career.

Mike Yurcich – The name has been thrown around on Twitter but the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach was one of the highest paid assistants for a reason.

Mike Stoops – Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator and brother of former Oklahoma head coach Bob and current Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. He was head coach of Arizona from 2004-11.