Friday, January 8, 2010

Heeke set for final interviews this weekend

Central Michigan University Athletic Director Dave Heeke will have a busy weekend as he will be going through final interviews with a group of six finalists for the head football coaching vacancy.
The interviews will take place outside of the CMU campus this weekend in order to decide on a final choice.
The final candidates are Mike Bajakian (CMU Offensive Coordinator), Steed Lobotzke (Wake Forest Offensive Coordinator), Curt Mallory (Illinois Defensive Backs Coach), Dan Enos (Michigan State Running Backs Coach), Scot Loeffler (Florida Quarterbacks Coach), and Erik Campbell (Iowa Wide Receivers and Tight Ends Coach).
Campbell is the late addition to the list but he has Michigan ties, having graduated from Michigan in 1988 and having coached with the Wolverines from 1995-2007, including being the assistant head coach from 2003-07. Campbell has coached the last two years with Iowa.
As of now, CMU doesn’t have a frontrunner and the administration has not interviewed one candidate more than others.
The key in the final interviews will be on which candidate has the best coaching staff put together.
The hopes for CMU is to have a final choice by Sunday where it can begin negotiations to have a formal announcement early next week.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not particularly impressed with any of the coaches being interviewed. I would like someone who can run our current offensive program. If it is not broke do not change it.

January 8, 2010 at 4:14 PM 
Blogger Bob said...

I trust the guy who has done the research and talked to the candidates to make the decision. Don't get me wrong, I'd like Saban or Carroll, but my assumption is Heeke has done the work. He has stated himself that our style won't change.

January 8, 2010 at 4:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Six solid candidates -- however the two best candidates that will take the foundation that Brian Kelly and Butch Jones laid (Top 25 program, four consecutive Bowls) are two candidates. Dan Enos (Michigan State Running Backs Coach) and Scot Loeffler (Florida Quarterbacks Coach).

Loeffler has the better organizational pedigree and is one of the best young football minds in the nation. Belichik wanted him, Saban wanted him, Meyer got him.

His organizational skills and Michigan and national recruiting prowess will lead the Chippewas to the top. He will get the best athletes (ie. Antonio Bryant) out of Florida and the South to come to Michigan and will develop them into winners. He could take Central Michigan to that Boise State level (Top 10 in the nation).

Just be prepared to lose him in a few years to one of the top few programs in the country.

January 8, 2010 at 5:16 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Bonamego....CMU is making a hugh mistake if they dont interview him. The most qualified and the only one that wants to be at CMU for the long haul...not just a stepping stone for some other job!!!!

January 8, 2010 at 7:56 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that ignoring Bonamego as a finalist is a mistake, his resume is strong and should be considered. Was among the final two last time with Jones, what has changed since then, just two very successful yrs with the Dolphins as a Coordinator, much more experience than most of the finalists.

January 8, 2010 at 9:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok...reality check....CMU will never be a top 10 program or even a top 25 program. Facilities and tv exposure will prevent this from ever happening. That said it looks like there are a number of candidates on this list that could bring us MAC championships on a semi regular basis.

January 9, 2010 at 4:30 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, CMU will never be a top 25 program. HAHAHAHA #23 in the AP to close out the season.

January 9, 2010 at 12:45 PM 

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