Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos picked up where Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio left off on Sunday, criticizing Miami (Ohio) for firing head football coach Don Treadwell.
“It’s terrible, for the coaches and the players,” Enos said. “To make a decision like that this early. I don’t think they had any idea what they had there. The guy is an outstanding man, a great coach. He’s a man of integrity and character, and an outstanding leader. It’s very sad.”
Miami athletic director David Sayler fired Treadwell and RedHawks offensive coordinator John Klacik on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after losing 21-9 to CMU, their ninth consecutive loss dating back to last season. Miami is 0-5 and Treadwell is 8-21 dating back to 2011.
Quarterback and receivers coach Mike Bath was introduced as interim head coach on Monday.
“As you can imagine, it was a long, crazy 26-27 hours here,” Bath said on the Mid-American Conference coaches’ teleconference. “It’s tough because you’re talking about a staff that is potentially done here in the next eight weeks. Coach Treadwell was an unbelievably humble, great person and a guy I am forever thankful for.”
Treadwell (offensive coordinator) coached with Enos at Michigan State from 2007-09 under Dantonio, who criticized the school’s decision on Sunday, telling reporters it only “weakens” the program. The two have publicly discussed their friendship and the relationship that their families have with one another.
All last week, prior to Saturday’s game, Enos even remarked how hard it was to coach against a good friend.
“The sad part about it sometimes is that people make decisions that maybe haven’t been in your shoes or don’t know what you’re going through,” Enos said.
Sayler was named athletic director at Miami in December.
As far as Treadwell’s future? While Enos said he doesn’t want to speak for him, he isn’t sure if Treadwell would want to be a head coach again. Even so, Enos said he did a “tremendous” job filling in as MSU interim head coach when Dantonio suffered a heart attack in 2010 and missed two games.
“I hope that if he does someone would allow him to do that,” Enos said. “He’s a proven commodity, in my opinion.
“And this is the last thing I’m going to say on it: It’s very said. He’s a Miami grad, he’s a great person and I feel bad for him; the coaches and I feel bad for their student athletes on campus.”
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