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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bajakian lands on his feet

Just hours after (officially) losing out to Michigan State running backs coach Dan Enos for the Central Michigan head coaching job, former CMU offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian landed with his former boss, Butch Jones, as the OC for Cincinnati.

Jones had previously pinched Tim Banks (co-defensive coordinator), Steve Stripling (defensive line), Phil Zacharias (tight ends/special teams), Mark Elder (running backs/recruiting coordinator), Dave Lawson (strength and conditioning) and Don Mahoney (offensive line) from his old Central Michigan staff.

UPDATE: The third finalist, Illinois defensive backs coach Curt Mallory, didn't take long to find another job, either. Mallory landed the job as Akron's defensive coordinator later on Tuesday. A former linebacker at Michigan, Mallory had spent the last five seasons as an assistant for the Illini, the last three as co-defensive coordinator with Dan Disch. Illinois hired Vic Koenning to be its new defensive coordinator last month. Mallory was one of six assistants to leave the program after a 3-9 season. Four of those were fired.

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