Big Ten assistants in mix at CMU

After its dramatic GMAC Bowl victory on Wednesday night, Central Michigan will accelerate its search for a new head football coach.

Two Big Ten assistants reportedly are in the mix for the top job in Mount Pleasant: Michigan State running backs coach Dan Enos and Illinois defensive backs coach Curt Mallory. Enos and Mallory are among six candidates, including two current assistants, being considered for the job, according to the (Mount Pleasant) Morning Sun.

Enos, a former Michigan State quarterback, has been instrumental in the team's recent recruiting success within the state, particularly the Detroit area. I talked to him last summer for a story about Michigan State's turnaround and he mentioned how he spends three weeks every spring recruiting in Detroit, regardless of who's available. Enos definitely strikes me as a future head coach, and he would certainly help CMU's recruiting if he gets the job.

Mallory was in the mix for Miami (Ohio)'s coaching vacancy last year, and he comes from a strong coaching family. But he recently was demoted from his post as Illinois co-defensive coordinator along with Dan Disch. It could be an awkward situation if he stays in Champaign, and this would obviously be a big step up.