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College Football Coach's Wife Was Banned From Team's Stadium

Central Michigan football stadium.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - SEPTEMBER 1: A general view of Kelly/Shorts Stadium during the game between the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Presbyterian Blue Hose on September 1, 2016 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Central Michigan football coach John Bonamego was fired on Friday night. The program made the decision after a 1-11 season, and a 51-13 loss to Toledo on Friday.

Apparently the situation grew even nastier than the poor on-field results at the MAC program.

According to a report by student publication Central Michigan Life, an incident earlier in the year led to Paulette Bonamego, the head coach's wife, to be banned from the stadium.

From the John Bonamego report:

Paulette Bonamego, wife of former head football coach John Bonamego, was banned from Kelly/Shorts Stadium for much of this season following an Oct. 13 altercation with Central Michigan play-by-play broadcaster Don Chiodo in the press box.


When Chiodo left the broadcast booth for a bathroom break, the coach's wife stopped him in the hallway. She was upset at Chiodo's on-air comments surrounding the CMU football team's effort against Ball State.

Witnesses told CMU Athletics staff she continued making a scene and yelling at Chiodo. During the altercation between the two, she told Chiodo that she and coach Bonamego could return to the National Football League at any given time if they wanted to.

No physical contact was made, but the head coach's wife was banned from Kelly/Shorts Stadium after CMU's Week 7 loss to Ball State.

Bonamego took over the program after Dan Enos' departure in 2014. He was the first CMU alumnus to coach the Chippewas.

He made bowls in each of his first three seasons, topping out at eight wins last fall.

It is unclear if the incident with Paulette Bonamego had an impact in the decision by the program.

[Central Michigan Life]