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No. 62: Western Michigan

The magic number is 33. Since replacing Gary Darnell in 2005, Bill Cubit has lost only three games — a 60-57 loss to Ball State in 2005; a 39-38 loss to Akron in 2007, thanks to an epic special teams meltdown; and last year’s loss to Toledo — when scoring 33 or more points; overall, Western Michigan has gone 28-3 in such games. In all other games, in contrast, the Cubit-led Broncos are 19-36. Hence Cubit’s game of musical chairs at defensive coordinator: Western Michigan has been through five coordinators over the last seven years. Of the five, only Scott Shafer carried his weight — even if Bill Miller turned one season under Cubit into the coordinator job at Louisville. Steve Morrison lasted two years before ceding way to former Hofstra head coach Dave Cohen, who likewise lasted two years, through last season, before being replaced by former safeties coach Rich Nagy. For Cubit’s sake, W.M.U. hopes that the fifth time is the charm.

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