By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
John Bonamego has been fired as the Central Michigan Chippewas head coach. The team went 1-11 this season.
The Chippewas suffered its 11th loss on Black Friday to the Toledo Rockets. The home team won 51-13 in the Glass Bowl.
Bonamego had been the head coach for the past four seasons. He went a combined 22-28 in 50 games.
The team also went 15-17 within Mid-American Conference play. They were 0-8 in conference play this season.
“Making a leadership change is a difficult decision, especially when you know that coach has given his all to CMU,” Athletic Director Michael Alford said. “After conducting a 360-degree evaluation of the program, it was clear that a change is needed if we are going to compete for and win championships. We greatly appreciate all that John has done for his alma mater and wish him the best moving forward.”
Central Michigan ended the 2018 season on an eight-game losing streak. They also began the season with a three-game losing streak to the Kentucky Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, and the Northern Illinois Huskies.
Their lone win came against the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision’s Maine Black Bears on September 22nd. The Chippewas won 17-15 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Prior to accepting the job, he was the Detroit Lions special teams coordinator. He could return to the Lions as the team fired its former special teams coordinator Joe Marciano earlier this month, according to FootballScoop.
At this time, Cory Hall, the team’s defensive backs coach, has been named the interim head coach. DHR International will help with the national search to find a new head football coach.
The past three seasons, the team went 21-18, including three Bowl appearances. However, they lost in the Quick Lane Bowl in 2015, the Miami Beach Bowl in 2016, and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2017.
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