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UConn taps CMU's Mike Cummings for Offensive Coordinator Position

Mike Cummings coached several all- MAC offensive linemen and mentored number one NFL pick Eric Fisher. He will be a valuable addition to the staff of new UConn head coach Bob Diaco.

New UConn head football coach Bob Diaco has filled out his staff, tapping the MAC for a key member.
New UConn head football coach Bob Diaco has filled out his staff, tapping the MAC for a key member.
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UConn formerly announced its new head football coach, Bob Diaco, yesterday. Part of the announcement meant confirming members of his new staff, and CMU offensive coordinator Mike Cummings is one of those members. Cummings was tapped to take over as UConn's offensive coordinator, leaving Central Michigan after four years of overseeing the Chippewas' offense and offensive line.

Cummings had one of the best offenses in the MAC during his tenure as offensive coordinator at Central Michigan. Twice, Cummings' offenses finished in the top 25 nationally in passing. His 2012 offensive line ranked 17th nationally in allowing fewest sacks with only 15.  CMU offensive linemen Colin Miller, Jeff Maddux and Eric Fisher all earned all-MAC honors while being coached by Cummings at CMU.

Cummings was widely respected by his players and fellow coaches. He was considered by many to be a candidate to be poached by another program after the conclusion of the 2013 football season. Diaco's decision to add Cummings to his staff as offensive coordinator bore this out.

Cummings brings a wealth of MAC related experience with him to UConn. He had four stints as an assistant at CMU, including his final one as CMU offensive coordinator for the last four years. Cummings was also an assistant at Eastern Michigan University and Western Michigan University.

Cummings earned a bachelor's degree at Buffalo, where he gained three football varsity letters.  He also holds a master's degree from Central Michigan University.

Coach Cummings'  relationship with Diaco goes back to their days at Eastern Michigan University, where they were both assistants.