CMU hires Stripling for interim

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Central Michigan has named associate head coach Steve Stripling as interim head football coach.

Stripling will lead the No. 25 Chippewas (11-2) at least through the GMAC Bowl against Troy (9-3), the Sun Belt Conference champion, on Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala.

Stripling joined the Chippewas coaching staff in 2009 as associate head coach-defense and defensive ends coach. He was defensive line coach at Michigan from 2005-07 and coached previously at Michigan State (2003-04), Louisville (2001-2002), Minnesota (1997-2000) and Indiana (1984-96).

Stripling succeeds Butch Jones, who was hired Wednesday as head coach at Cincinnati. Under Jones, the Chippewas defeated Ohio in the Mid-American Conference title game on Dec. 4. The win lifted Central to its first appearance in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.