UPDATE: Central Michigan has named former special teams coordinator Kyle Nystrom as the interim head coach according to MLive’s Aaron McMann.
The search at this moment for a head coach is still on, and no short list has been released by the Central Michigan athletic department.
Central Michigan Life sports editor Dominick Mastrangelo did note that the CMU athletic director Dave Heeke would likely keep the short list within the department until a decision and hire has been made.
Following an 11-0 season, Ferris football head coach Tony Annese is gaining popularity to the point where Division I University’s are being mentioned in the same breath as Annese’s name.
A story by Mlive on January 22 asked the question “Is Tony Annese a candidate for the Central Michigan football job?”
2014 Central Michigan University head coach Dan Enos put in his resignation earlier in the day on January 22 to move on to take over as the offensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas. The now vacant job just down the road from Big Rapids is attracting attention from national media, and with it, speculation.
Annese declined to comment on the Central Michigan job to the Big Rapids Pioneer according to Pioneer sports editor Richard Mead.
The Detroit Free Press also listed Annese as a possible candidate. The Free Press went on to list former University of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, and two assistant coaches who coach under Ferris State graduate Butch Jones at the University of Tennessee.
Central Michigan has released no official list of candidates for the job.
Annese took Ferris from 6-5 in 2012 in his first season at the helm to 8-3 in 2013 and coached the undefeated GLIAC regular season champion Bulldogs to an 11-1 final record after a home playoff appearance (and loss).