Coaching Search Nears Conclusion

Who will be the next head football coach at Central Michigan University? The search for former head coach Brian Kelly's replacement is now in its final chapter.

Central Michigan University's search to find its next head football coach is nearing a conclusion.

Multiple sources have informed Chippewas Insider that CMU has narrowed its search to two finalists who are interviewing on campus this week.

A source close to the situation has indicated that Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is interviewing today and West Virginia assistant Butch Jones will interview tomorrow (Thursday).

Multiple sources have also indicated that Jones is the leading candidate and could be named CMU's head coach as early as Friday in a press conference to be held on campus.

A Saugatuck, Mich., native, Jones spent seven seasons (1998-2004) as a member of the CMU coaching staff, including three as offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Jones also served one season (1998) as the Chippewas tight ends coach and one (1999) as wide receivers coach before taking charge of the running backs.

In January 2005, Jones joined the staff of WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez as the Mountaineers wide receivers coach.


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