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DeBord resigns as CMU football coach

Mike DeBord made official Wednesday what rumors have been
stating for days: he resigned as CMU football head coach.

“It was the most difficult decision I’ve ever made,” said
the 47 year-old DeBord in a prepared statement. “I felt to
finish the rebuilding process that we needed more resources
and guaranteed time.”

DeBord was 12-34 in three seasons in Mount Pleasant, and
signed a three-year contract extension in 2002 after a late-
season loss at Toledo.

The Chippewas will have to move quickly to replace DeBord.
December is a key month for finalizing the 2004 incoming
freshmen recruiting classes as recruits may contact CMU for
information about the coaching vacancy.

Those inquiries will be handled in the present time by
Director of Football Operations Plas Presnell, Athletics
Director Herb Deromedi said Wednesday.

Deromedi would like to have a coach in place when the
players return for next semester.

“That would be ideal, but the most important thing is that
we have a quality individual to lead this program,” he said.

CMU students resume classes after holiday break Jan. 14.

Deromedi said Prasnell and the rest of DeBord’s staff may be
back with the CMU program in 2004.

“The current assistant staff will have the opportunity to
interview with the new head coach, whoever it may be,”
Deromedi said.

Deromedi expects to have potential recruits calling him for
information on the coaching status of the CMU football team.
He said he is making inquiries about coaches across the
country to see if there is genuine interest.

“I have a stack of papers quite high on my desk right now,”
Deromedi said. “We are still making inquiries to see who a
genuine candidate may be and finalizing our approach as we
search for a new head coach.”

A name that has surfaced and will continue to come up is
Grand Valley State head coach Brian Kelly. Kelly’s Lakers won
their second consecutive Division II Championship Saturday
with a 10-3 victory against North Dakota.

Another coach that CMU might pursue is Randy Awrey. Awrey
led Saginaw Valley State to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletics Conference championship in 2003 in his 15th season
as a football head coach.

Both coaches have head coaching experience, albeit at lower
levels than CMU. That experience is something that DeBord
lacked and struggled with in his time in Mount Pleasant.

The search for a new head coach is open, and Deromedi has
only scratched off one name: legendary CMU football coach Roy
Kramer.

“I talked to Roy and asked him in jest if he was coming back
to us,” Deromedi said. “He said ‘no,’ so that’s one person we
will not consider.”

Kramer, known by some in college football circles as “The
Godfather,” coached the Chippewas from 1967-77 and retired as
SEC Commissioner in 2002.

Stay tuned to www.cm-life.com for further updates throughout
this ongoing situation.

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