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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Competition for CMU football job narrows by two

The Central Michigan University football team might end up with a bright, innovative young offensive mind as its new head coach, but apparently that coach won't be current Florida quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler.

According to The Oakland Press' sister paper, the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, sources told CMU beat writer Drew Ellis that Loeffler — who has ties all over the map in Michigan, and was the early front-runner for the job of replacing Butch Jones — won't be returning to the Great Lakes state. Loeffler's play-calling duties have increased at Florida with head coach Urban Meyer taking a hiatus, and the Gators job would likely keep him closer to his goal of returning to the NFL.

The one-time backup to Todd Collins and Scott Driesbach at the University of Michigan, before a shoulder injury cut short his playing career, Loeffler has made a career of tutoring quarterbacks since, including Tom Brady, Brian Griese and Chad Henne in his years as a grad assistant and assistant at U-M.

Loeffler spent two years (2000-01) as the quarterbacks coach for CMU, returned to U-M in the same capacity for six years, then spent the 2008 season as the Detroit Lions' QB coach. Loeffler got out of the remaining year on his contract with the Lions by returning to the college ranks.

Ellis also reported that Wake Forest offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke was no longer a candidate for the job, leaving MSU running backs coach Dan Enos, current CMU offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, Illinois defensive backs coach Curt Mallory and the latecomer, Iowa WR/TE coach Erik Campbell. The link to Ellis' blog is here.

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