CMU names Kyle Nystrom interim football coach

The Detroit News

Kyle Nystrom has been chosen to serve as Central Michigan's interim head football coach, the school announced Saturday.

Nystrom, the team's special teams coordinator and linebackers coach, has coached with CMU for the past four seasons and has more than 20 years of coaching experience, according to the university.

He began as a student assistant at Michigan State under head coach George Perles in 1983. More recently in 2009, he was defensive coordinator at Fort Hays State after serving the 2006-08 seasons as an assistant head coach at North Dakota State. Nystrom also was an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at DePauw in 2005 after coaching linebackers at TCU from 2002-04. Nystrom also spent 13 seasons at Western Michigan.

Athletic director Dave Heeke's selection of Nystrom comes days after Dan Enos resigned to become offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Arkansas after coaching the Chips for the past five seasons.

Heeke had to move quickly with the Feb. 4 signing day approaching.

Heeke has said the Chips' assistant coaches are under contract and noted Central plans to honor the scholarships to incoming recruits who have committed.

Enos had signed a three-year contract with an annual salary of $550,000 with a $350,000 buyout if he left before Feb. 15, 2018. He reportedly made $350,000 last season.

But Enos never lived up to expectations during his five years in Mount Pleasant, finishing 10 games under .500 (26-36) and losing three times to rival Western Michigan.

Central Michigan finished its season last month coming up just short at the inaugural Bahamas Bowl against Western Kentucky, 49-48.

CMU finished 7-6 this past season, handing MAC champion Northern Illinois its lone conference setback.

The Chips won their previous two bowl games, a 44-41 double-OT victory over Troy in the GMAC Bowl to finish in the Top 25 in 2009, then the 24-21 win over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in 2012.

The Chippewas open with Oklahoma State Thursday night of Labor Day weekend at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.