CMU Practices at Ford Field, Attends Kickoff Luncheon
Courtesy: John Regenfuss/CMU Athletics
With freshly painted Little Caesars logos marking the end zones and the bowl logo adorning midfield, the Chippewas practiced for an hour and half.
Following practice, the team attended a bowl kickoff luncheon, held at Sound Board, a 1,500-seat venue inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel.
“On behalf of our university, with its 28,000 students and 175,000 alumni worldwide, we are very proud to be in the city of Detroit and southeastern Michigan and to be a part of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl,” CMU Athletics Director Dave Heeke told the crowd, which consisted of players from both teams, coaches, administrators, bowl personnel, and honored guests. “It is an honor for our team and our entire university.”
“I would like to thank Little Caesars for this game and for what it does for not only this city but for this state and for the Mid-American Conference as well,” said CMU head coach Dan Enos during his turn at the podium. “Thank you for having us. We are having a great time and we appreciate your hospitality.”
In addition to comments made by both university’s athletic directors and head coaches, Hall of Fame Coach and Little Caesars Pizza Bowl board member Lloyd Carr addressed the crowd. College football pioneer Wally Triplett, who was also the first African-American to be drafted by and play for a NFL team, was also honored at the event.
On Tuesday, Coach Enos and the CMU seniors will serve Christmas breakfast with the Salvation Army at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Later in the morning, the Chippewas will hold a walk-through at Ford Field and then have the team photo taken. In the evening, the team will attend the movies.
Central Michigan (6-6) will appear in its fifth bowl game in the last seven years when it meets Western Kentucky (7-5) in the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl. The game, which is the lone bowl contest on December 26, will kick off at 7:30 and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. The Chippewas will be playing in the Detroit bowl game for the fourth time after appearing in the Motor City Bowl in three consecutive years, from 2006-08.