Quinn Named Interim Head Football Coach

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University Director of Atheltics Dave Heeke has named Jeff Quinn interim head coach of the CMU football program.

Jeff Quinn will lead the Chippewas (9-4 overall, 7-1 Mid-American Conference) into their Motor City Bowl matchup against Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 26 in Detroit.

"We are pleased to have Jeff leading us through the bowl game," Heeke said. "He will provide stability and consistency for our players and our program. We are all looking forward to a successful bowl experience."

Quinn takes the reins of a program fresh off its first MAC title since 1994 and competing in a bowl game for the first time since that same season.

"I am excited about the chance to lead this team into the Motor City Bowl," Quinn said. "This is an outstanding opportunity for our football program and I am looking forward to the responsibility of preparing this team for the bowl game."

A 23-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, Quinn had served as the associate head coach and offensive line coach at CMU for each of the past three seasons. He added the duties of offensive coordinator in 2006. He formed the CMU offensive line into arguably the most dominant position group in the MAC this season; four of the five starters were named to either the all-conference first or second team.

Entering the bowl game, CMU leads the MAC in scoring offense (29.6 ppg) and ranks second in total offense (380.2 ypg) and passing (252.4 ypg). Nationally, the Chippewas rank 19th in passing, 24th in scoring and 31st in total offense.

Quinn has coached a total of six offensive linemen that have gone on to play professionally. Since arriving at CMU in 2004, Quinn has mentored six All-MAC selections and one Freshman All-American.

Quinn came to CMU following 15 seasons as an assistant at Grand Valley State University, where he was part of a coaching staff that led the Lakers to national titles in 2002 and 2003.

Central Michigan will seek its first 10-win season since 1979 in the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26. ESPN will televise the game live to a national audience.

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