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Former UNLV DC Tim Skipper joins Central Michigan as linebackers coach


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Tim Skipper has been reunited with Jim McElwain.

Following the departure of assistant coach Mark DeBastiani, who left for a defensive assistant job at Appalachian State, McElwain opened a search to find Central Michigan's new linebackers coach.

McElwain landed on Skipper, a co-worker that coached with him three times in the past, according to a source with knowledge of the hiring. McElwain has already introduced Skipper to his players and staff.

When McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Fresno State in 2007, Skipper was the running backs coach.

Skipper was hired at Colorado State from 2012-14 as the assistant head coach specifically focusing on linebackers while McElwain was the head coach during those three seasons.

Once McElwain left the Rams for Florida from 2015-17, Skipper went with him as the running backs coach from 2015-16 before moving to work with the linebackers in 2017.

McElwain and Skipper split paths when the head coach was terminated during the 2017 season. He went to coach wide receivers at Michigan in 2018 while Skipper took over as the defensive coordinator at UNLV.

Skipper remained at UNLV until head coach Tony Sanchez was fired. He was not retained on staff, giving McElwain an opportunity to add him to the Chippewa staff.

McElwain has yet to find a replacement for special teams coordinator and safeties coach Ryan Beard. After one year in Mount Pleasant, Beard left to follow his father-in-law, Bobby Petrino, to Missouri State as the defensive coordinator.

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