Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stripling named interim coach

Defensive Associate Head Coach and Defensive Ends Coach Steve Stripling will take over head coaching duties on an interim basis for the CMU football program following the departure of Butch Jones to the University of Cincinnati.

Stripling was announced as the interim coach by CMU on Wednesday evening and he will coach the Chippewas in the bowl game. No word on what Stripling’s role will be following the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 6.

Stripling is in his first season as a coach with the Chippewas, but Stripling has a lot of coaching experience, having coached for more than two decades in the Big Ten Conference.

Stripling was an assistant at Michigan in 2005-07 as a defensive line coach. Stripling also spent four years as an assistant at Minnesota (1997-2000) and 13 years as an assistant at Indiana (1984-96). Stripling was the defensive coordinator for the Hoosiers in 1996.

Stripling also has spent time as an assistant at Northern Illinois (1980-83) and at Louisville (2001-02).

Stripling graduated from Colorado in 1976 after playing four seasons with the Buffaloes. He had a short stint with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL before taking on a graduate assistant role with the Buffaloes.

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