Enos, Mallory still alive for CMU job

There's a 66.7 percent chance that Central Michigan's head-coaching vacancy will be filled by a Big Ten assistant.

Two of the three remaining candidates for the Chippewas' top job hail from the Big Ten: Michigan State running backs coach Dan Enos and Illinois defensive backs coach Curt Mallory.

The other candidate, current Central Michigan offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, is reportedly the frontrunner. After the success Central Michigan has had on offense under previous coaches Brian Kelly and Butch Jones, Bajakian makes a lot of sense. Then again, Enos' recruiting exploits for Michigan State make him an attractive candidate as well.

Interviews are complete, and athletics director Dave Heeke is expected to make a decision in the next 24 hours.

Even if Mallory doesn't land the CMU job, expect him to keep looking. Both Mallory and Dan Disch were demoted from their defensive coordinator duties after the season. They'll be retained under new coordinator Vic Koenning, but you couldn't blame either guy from wanting to go elsewhere.