Saturday, January 9, 2010

Four still remain, Two favored

Sun Sports Writer

The Central Michigan coaching search still has four candidates according to CMU Athletics Director Dave Heeke.
"We still have some candidates to interview (Sunday) but we are tenatively planning on having an announcement early next week," Heeke said. "But not on Monday."
CMU Offensive Coordinator Mike Bajakian and Michigan State Running Backs Coach Dan Enos join Illinois Defensive Backs coach and Iowa Wide Receivers Coach and Tight Ends Coach Erik Campbell as the four finalists
While Bajakian and Enos are rumored to be the two leading candidates, Heeke said that CMU has not entered contract talks with any of the candidates and Heeke would not confirm any of the candidates.
Heeke went through a series of interviews with top candidates on Saturday to narrow down his list of potential replacements for Jones.
It was discovered early Saturday that Florida Quarterbacks Coach Scot Loeffler was no longer a candidate to replace Jones.
Loeffler emerged as an early front runner to get the position, but with coaching changes at Florida, Loeffler has seen an increase in play calling duties with the Gators and his aspirations to someday return to NFL coaching caused the talks between he and CMU to die down. Sources close to Loeffler in Florida also indicated to that if Loeffler was offered the job, he would be “50-50” on taking it.
Multiple reports came out Saturday indicating that Wake Forest Offensive Coordinator Steed Lobotzke was no longer a candidate for the job. Lobotzke was the lone candidate on the list that didn’t have ties to the state of Michigan.

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