AP lists Enos on top 10 coaches on hot seat; he says he’s not feeling pressure
Football head coach Dan Enos was listed in an Associated Press story for 10 coaches on the hot seat Tuesday.
Since joining the program, Enos has led the team to two consecutive 3-9 seasons and a 2-5 start this year.
The story by Ralph Russo pointed out that Central Michigan got accustomed to winning the Mid-American Conference under former coaches Butch Jones and Brian Kelly, but Enos has eight wins in three seasons.
After practice Tuesday, Enos was asked if he feels pressure after two straight 3-9 seasons to show improvement.
“No, I think we have (shown improvement),” he said.
Saturday, Enos will try to get his fifth-career MAC win against Akron, and first conference win this season. Akron is 1-19 in the MAC during the past three years.
No other MAC coach was on the AP list. Among those on it are Gene Chizik at Auburn, who won the National Championship two seasons ago, Derek Dooley at Tennessee, Joker Phillips at Kentucky, Frank Spaziani at Boston College, Jeff Tedford at California, David Bailiff of Rice, Mike Price at UTEP, Doug Marrone at Syracuse and Bobby Hauck of UNLV.
In February, Enos was given a one-year contract extension. His current contract would end Dec. 31 2015. If he were to get fired during this season, he would be paid $700,000 by the university. If he were to get fired after the season, or during the 2013 season, he would receive $400,000. In 2014-15 it would be $300,000 and 201, he would be paid $200,000.
CMU athletics released this statement from Athletic Director Dave Heeke after the extension:
“We are all-in with Dan Enos and his strong vision for and dedication to rebuilding this program into a perennial championship contender that has a foundation for sustainable success. Continuity, stability, and commitment are the critical qualities needed at this point to define the next chapter of Chippewa Football success.”
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