Ex-CMU Coach John Bonamego Brought on by Michigan as Consultant for Bowl Game

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Ex-CMU Coach John Bonamego Brought on by Michigan as Consultant for Bowl Game

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Ex-CMU Coach John Bonamego Brought on by Michigan as Consultant for Bowl Game

After suffering the worst record in team history, coach John Bonamego was fired by Central Michigan on Nov. 23.

Promptly after, on Dec. 2, former Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain was hired as the Chippewas’ new coach.

In turn, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reached into the coaching free agent pool and brought on Bonamego as a consultant for the Peach Bowl, sources told WolverinesWire.

A Michigan spokesperson confirmed the addition, adding that Bonamego is not an on-field coach and has yet been hired as such.

Michigan plays Florida in the Peach Bowl at noon on Dec. 29. The game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bonamego went 22-29 in four seasons with CMU, but the team finished 1-11 in 2018. Prior to his time in Mount Pleasant, the 55-year-old worked as a special teams coordinator in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions from 1999-2014.

At Bonamego’s first CMU press conference in 2015, tears flowed down his face as he expressed his love for the Chippewas.

“This is not just another job,” Bonamego said at his first press conference. “To me, this is the job. Words cannot express how much I love this place and what this day means to me.”

He was fired just four seasons later.

Following negotiations between CMU and Bonamego’s representatives, the two parties settled on an $834,000 buyout. He already received $400,000 on Dec. 1, 2018. He will also be given $300,000 on Feb. 1, 2019, and $134,000 on March 1, 2019 from CMU.

McElwain will cash in at least $640,000 per season at CMU. His contract is for five years.

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