Wednesday, November 6 • 8:04 p.m.
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CMU News and Notes
SETTING THE SCENE
• Central Michigan (3-5, 2-2) will take the field for the first time since October 19 on Wednesday when it faces MAC West Division leader Ball State (8-1, 5-0) in Muncie, Ind.
• The intradivisional is scheduled for an 8:04 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast to a live national television audience on ESPN2 with Joe Davis (play-by-play) and Robert Smith (color analyst) calling the action.
• Both teams had byes last week, with Central Michigan coming off a second straight Saturday without playing football.
• Central Michigan has made four appearances on Wednesday in the history of the program, including twice against Ball State, posting a 3-1 overall record:
Nov. 12, 2008 – CMU 33, Northern Illinois 30 (OT)
Nov. 19, 2008 – Ball State 31, CMU 24
Nov. 11, 2009 – CMU 56, Toledo 28
Nov. 18, 2009 – CMU 35, Ball State 3
• The Chippewas will be playing in their second night game of the season, having faced UNLV in Las Vegas on September 14 in a 7 p.m. PT contest.
• Including Michigan, CMU will be playing a game in its fifth different state this season (Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana).
CENTRAL MICHIGAN-BALL STATE SERIES
• Central Michigan has met Ball State 45 times in program history, with the series tied at 22-22-1.
• The Chippewas are 11-12-1 all-time in games played in Muncie, Ind.
• CMU last won in Muncie in 2009, the Chippewas’ most recent MAC Championship season, a 35-3 thrashing, also on a Wednesday evening.
• CMU has dropped four of its last five contests versus Ball State, including last season’s 41-30 setback in Mount Pleasant.
• Central Michigan’s 2013 schedule features several oddities; none more unusual than the situation the Chippewas are in the midst of experiencing.
• CMU will play one football game between October 20 and November 15, a total of 26 days - the match-up with Ball State.
• The Chippewas will not play on three consecutive Saturdays – October 26, November 2 and November 9.
• In addition, Central Michigan is just one of 11 Division I teams to play three consecutive road games in 2013.
• With four road games in the span of five weeks, including visits to Nevada, North Carolina and two trips to Ohio, CMU logged over 5,800 travel miles.
CMU OFFENSIVE NOTEBOOK
• Sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii, who has played in 21 total games with seven starts, surpassed the 1,000-yard barrier for his career versus NIU (1,021).
• Lavallii is ranked No. 27th in the nation in rushing yards (705) and 11th in rushing attempts (154).
• Junior wide receiver Titus Davis ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in with a career yards per reception average of 19.1.
• Davis has had at least one reception in every game in which he has played at CMU, a streak of 31 contests, and has two 90-plus yard touchdown receptions for his career.
• Redshirt freshman Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore entered the season fourth on the running back depth chart but is the team’s second-leading rusher with 180 yards.
• Junior left guard Andy Phillips and redshirt sophomore center Nick Beamish have been mainstays up in the middle on the CMU offensive line the past two seasons, starting each of the last 21 games.
• Junior Deon Butler, a converted wide receiver, leads all CMU tight ends with nine receptions for 91 yards while senior tight end Connor Odykirk ranks second on the team with two receiving touchdowns.
CMU DEFENSIVE NOTEBOOK
• CMU linebackers Justin Cherocci and Shamari Benton have combined for 426 tackles over the last 21 games, an average of over 20 tackles per game.
• Cherocci leads CMU with 3.0 sacks despite not having any in the 24 games in which he played prior to this season.
• Sophomore safety Kavon Frazier leads CMU with five pass-break ups and has been involved in a team-high five turnovers this season (3 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR).
• Benton ranks first among all active CMU players with 280 career total tackles while senior safety Avery Cunningham leads in solo tackles (158).
• Cunningham owns the nation’s second longest start streak among safeties at 39 consecutive.
• Redshirt junior defensive tackle Leterrius Walton leads all linemen with 6.5 tackles for loss and is tied for second among active players with 12.0 for his career.
• Redshirt sophomore Louis Palmer, a tackle for his first two years at CMU, dropped 20 lbs. in the offseason to move to end and has started there for the past seven games, totaling 25 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss and 2.0 sacks.
• Nine of 11 players CMU defensive players have started all seven games this season.
LAST TIME OUT
• Central Michigan went to the halftime break tied 14-14 with No. 23 Northern Illinois but couldn’t hold off the Huskies in the second half and fell, 38-17, on Homecoming Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
• Redshirt freshman Cooper Rush completed 8-of-11 passes for 146 yards in the first quarter, finding Titus Davis and Andrew Flory on touchdown strikes of nine and 36 yards, respectively, to give CMU a 14-7 lead.
• NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch took over in the second half, helping the Huskies outscore the Chippewas 24-3 en route to breaking the FBS rushing record by a quarterback with 316 yards.
• Davis finished with 109 yards receiving and Flory added 81, each on five receptions.
• Rush was 16-for-32 with 271 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception on the day.
• Linebacker Justin Cherocci led CMU, along with Shamari Benton, in tackles with 11 and also recorded his first career interception.
NEXT UP FOR THE CHIPPEWAS
• After a 10-day break, Central Michigan will play its final road game of the 2013 regular season when it travels to Kalamazoo for its annual rivalry game with Western Michigan (1-8, 1-4) on Saturday, Nov. 16.
• The battle for the Victory Cannon is scheduled for a 12 p.m. kickoff at Waldo Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN Plus/ESPN3/ESPN Game Plan.
• The Chippewas possess a 37-45-2 record in its all-time series with Western Michigan.
• CMU has dropped two straight meetings with the Broncos, including last season’s 42-31 setback in Mount Pleasant, but won the previous five match-ups from 2006-10.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
• Ball State is coming off a bye and sits atop the MAC West Division with a unblemished 5-0 conference record.
• Overall, the bowl-eligible Cardinals are riding a six-game winning streak, which began on September 21 with a 51-20 road victory over Eastern Michigan and reached six with their 42-24 win over Akron on October 26.
• Ball State’s lone loss this season came on September 14, a 34-27 setback to North Texas State in Denton.
• The Ball State offense, which has scored a program-record 355 points through nine games, is triggered by senior quarterback Keith Wenning.
• Wenning, who is the only FBS quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in eight games this season, has passed for 2,865 yards, completing 62.4% of his attempts, with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions.
• Wenning’s top targets in the passing game are receivers Willie Snead (65-1,057-10), Jordan Williams (56-792-7) and Jamill Smith (44-592-4) and tight end Zane Fakes (23-202).
• Powering the BSU rushing attack is Jahwan Edwards, who has ran for 659 yards (5.2 avg.) and 12 touchdowns thus far in 2013.
• The Ball State defense has been opportunistic, recovering a nation’s best 13 fumbles and leading the NCAA in turnovers gained (23).
• Linebacker Ben Ingle leads the Cardinals with 74 tackles, while defensive end Jonathan Newsome, a Lombardi and Hendricks Award nominee, has a team-high 4.0 sacks.
• The defensive tackle tandem of Nathan Ollie (53 tackles, 2.0 sacks) and Joel Cox (28 tackles) provide the BSU defense with a strong presence up the middle.
• Strong safety Brian Jones tops the team in pass break-ups (6), fumble recoveries (3) and forced fumbles (2) and ranks second with 69 tackles.
GUIDUGLI INDUCTED INTO UC HALL OF FAME
• Central Michigan running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Gino Guidugli was inducted into the University of Cincinnati’s James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame on October 28.
• Guidugli was UC’s starting quarterback from 2001-04 and is a charter member of the school’s Ring of Honor.
• The Fort Thomas, Ky. native holds the Bearcats’ career record for total yards (11,661), passing attempts (1,556), completions (880), passing yards (11,453) and touchdown passes (78).
• Guidugli assisted in coaching the receivers and the defensive scout team from 2009-2011 in his first stint at Central Michigan and is in his first year in his current role on head coach Dan Enos’ staff.
HOGAN NAMED RAY GUY AWARD CANDIDATE
• Senior Richie Hogan has been named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter.
• Hogan is currently ranked fourth in the MAC and 19th nationally, averaging 43.5 yards per punt.
• He has placed 11 of his 42 punts inside the 20-yard line, forcing six fair catches, with just four touchbacks.
• His punt of 67 yards versus Michigan in the season opener is the second longest in the MAC this season.
• Hogan’s 2012 41.8 yards per punt average ranks fourth in the CMU record book.
• The Laguna Hills, Calif. native also owns the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl punting record, setting the mark with an 82-yarder in CMU’s 2012 win over Western Kentucky.
• The list of nominees will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on November 8 , with three finalists to be announced on November 25.
• The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will take place on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 12.
SIX CHIPPEWAS EARN MIDSEASON HONORS
• Six Chippewas received Midseason All-MAC honors by Phil Steele in recognition of their standout performances through the first half of the 2013 season.
• Junior wide receiver Titus Davis, senior linebacker Shamari Benton and junior linebacker Justin Cherocci headlined the Central Michigan honorees, earning first team recognition.
• Senior safety Avery Cunningham was named to the second team while sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii and redshirt sophomore center Nick Beamish received third team honors.
• Davis leads CMU in receptions (34) , receiving yards (679) and receiving touchdowns (5) and tops the MAC with a 18.4 yards per reception average (more than 25 receptions).
• Benton and Cherocci are ranked second in the MAC in total tackles (84) and tackles per game (10.5).
• Cunningham ranks fourth in the MAC with 42 solo tackles.
• Lavallii has rushed for 758 yards in seven starts, good enough for sixth in the conference.
• Beamish, who has started 21 consecutive games, including all eight this season, anchors the middle of CMU’s young offensive line.
LAVALLII STARRING AS STARTER
• Sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii has gone from capable back-up coming into the season to full-time starter following the injury to All-MAC rusher Zurlon Tipton to legitimate backfield force in the span of seven weeks.
• He has also proven to be a durable workhorse for the Chippewas, as he is 11th in the NCAA in carries with 154.
• In the win over Ohio, Lavallii set career highs in rushing attempts (26) and rushing yards (184) for the second consecutive week.
• He established the new personal best, which included three runs of 30 or more yards, against a Bobcat defense that entered the contest allowing just 126 rushing yards per game.
• By halftime, Lavallii had already gashed OU for 131
yards on 13 carries, an impressive 10.1 average.
• He also caught his first career touchdown pass, a crucial seven-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter that reclaimed the lead for the Chippewas at 19-17.
• Lavallii currently ranks sixth in the MAC and 27th nationally with 758 rushing yards.
• Thus far this season, he has put together three 100-yard games and two two-touchdown efforts.
• In the NIU game, Lavallii surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career (1,021).
DAVIS HEADLINES CMU RECEIVING CORPS
• Junior receiver Titus Davis is having a standout 2013 season, proving again why he deserves consideration among the nation’s top pass catchers.
• One week after torching New Hampshire for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the home opener, junior receiver Titus Davis caught eight balls for 116 yards and one score against UNLV.
• Versus Toledo and North Carolina State, he caught a combined 10 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown.
• Against No. 23 NIU, Davis had five catches for 109 yards and one touchdown.
• Davis is ranked No. 4 in the MAC in receiving yards per game, averaging 89.6.
• With 21 career touchdowns, Davis is ranked third in the CMU record book, just one behind former Chippewa great and current NFL star Antonio Brown.
• With 2,238 career yards, the Biletnikoff Award preseason nominee ranks seventh all-time among Chippewa receivers.
• Davis is ranked No.1 in the nation among active players with a career 19.1 yards per reception average and No. 10 with a career 72.2 yards per game average.
RUSH TRIGGERS CMU OFFENSE
• Redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush has taken the reins of the CMU offense, starting the last six games.
• Rush saw his first collegiate action in week two in the home opener versus New Hampshire, rallying the Chippewas to a 24-21 victory after entering the game in the second quarter.
• He led the Central offense on four scoring drives, including a late-game drive to set up the game-winning field goal.
• Rush finished the game completing 19-of-32 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns, including a 97-yard scoring strike to Titus Davis, becoming the first CMU freshman quarterback to throw for 300 yards since Dan LeFevour had 314 in the MAC Championship game on November 30, 2006.
• He made his first career start in week three at UNLV, throwing for 265 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
• On the road at MAC East Division favorite Ohio, he helped lead CMU to the 26-23 upset win, throwing for 224 yards, completing 20 passes to 10 different receivers, and three touchdowns, including the game winner with 22 seconds remaining.
• Versus No. 23 NIU, Rush tossed two first quarter touchdown passes, helping CMU jump out to a 14-7 lead.
• Rush currently ranks fourth in the MAC in passing yards per game, averaging 225.0.
• The Charlotte, Mich. native was named CMU Offensive Scout Player of the Year in 2012.
• As a senior at Lansing Catholic High School in 2011, Rush led his team to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up finish.
• The owner of Michigan high school records for touchdown passes in a quarter (5), half (7), game (8) and season (48), he was named the Gatorade Michigan Football Player of the Year and Associated Press Division 5/6 Player of the Year as a senior.
• Coming out of high school, Rush was ranked No. 21 on
the Detroit Free Press Fab 50, No. 25 on Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 12 on the Lansing State Journal’s Catch 22 list.
TOP TACKLING TANDEM
• Two of CMU’s top defensive playmakers, junior linebacker Justin Cherocci and senior linebacker Shamari Benton, rank second in the MAC and ninth nationally with 84 total tackles each.
• Cherocci also tops CMU with 3.0 sacks.
• Cherocci dominated versus UNH, collecting a game-high 13 tackles and forcing two fumbles, including one late in the game that would set up CMU’s game-winning field goal.
• He tied for the team lead with 11 tackles at UNLV, including 2.5 for a loss, and equaled a career high with 15 stops versus Toledo.
• Versus NIU, Cherocci recorded his first career interception to go along with 11 tackles.
• CMU’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, Cherocci led the team with 132 total tackles last season and was the nation’s leader in assisted tackles with 89.
• CMU’s leader in tackles for the last four games, Benton equaled his career best in the win over Ohio, racking up 14 stops.
• Benton has recorded six double-digit tackles games this season.
• Benton topped the team in solo tackles (54) and fumble recoveries (2) a year ago and was CMU’s leading tackler in seven of 13 games.
FRAZIER EARNS MAC HONORS
• Sophomore safety Kavon Frazier was named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for his standout performance in Central Michigan’s thrilling, last-minute 26-23 road win over preseason MAC East favorite Ohio.
• Frazier headlined a stellar effort by the Chippewa defense forcing two critical, drive-halting turnovers.
• Early in the second quarter, with the Bobcats in CMU territory, Frazier forced a fumble of OU receiver Matt Waters, stopping a 12-play drive.
• On Ohio’s next possession, he intercepted Bobcat quarterback Tyler Tettleton and returned the pick 23 yards, setting up CMU on the OU 47-yard line.
• In addition to the two turnovers, Frazier accounted for six tackles.
• A starter of all eight games this season, Frazier ranks fourth on the team with 56 tackles and is first in pass break-ups with five.
• His three interceptions this season lead CMU and are tied for third in the Mid-American Conference.
GAINER SETTLED IN AT END
• In late June, the Central Michigan football program announced the addition of former Michigan State defensive end Jeremy Gainer to its roster for the 2013 season.
• Gainer’s impact has been felt immediately in 2013, as he has started all eight games this season at left defensive end and is first among defensive lineman with 32 total tackles and has 2.0 sacks.
• A two-year letterwinner, Gainer finished his MSU career with 13 tackles in 28 career games.
• In 2011, the Detroit native appeared in all 14 games, recording 11 tackles and two fumbles.
• Gainer made the switch to defensive end prior
to the 2012 season, seeing action in all 13 games.
• Gainer graduated from Michigan State with a degree in hospitality business and will have one
year of eligibility remaining.
• He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree for the Spartans.
INJURY BUG BITES
• CMU starting quarterback Cody Kater (collarbone) and running back Zurlon Tipton (ankle) suffered serious injuries in the first quarter of the season opener versus Michigan.
• Kater, a junior, earned his first career start for the Chippewas after winning a three-way quarterback battle that was waged throughout the spring and preseason camps.
• Kater has missed the last seven games but is expected to return to the field this season.
• Tipton attained star status in 2012, rushing for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns, earning Second Team All-MAC and team MVP honors.
• Tipton, who was elected by his teammates as a team captain for the 2013 season, was a preseason Maxwell and Doak Walker Award candidate.
• Senior left tackle Jake Olson was lost for the season after breaking his wrist late in the win over New Hampshire.
• Olson was named preseason First Team All-MAC by Phil Steele and second team by Athlon Sports.
• Sophomore defensive tackle Jabari Dean was also declared out for the season following the UNLV game.
• Dean started 10 games as a freshman and was named CMU’s 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
• Redshirt sophomore receiver Jesse Kroll was lost for the season prior to the North Carolina State game with an ankle injury.
• Kroll was a key part of CMU’s receiver rotation, catching five passes for 85 yards this season.
• Also out for the season due to injury are redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Ben Randle and senior fullback Ben Masztak.
KATER TABBED AS STARTING QB
• CMU head coach Dan Enos announced in later August that junior Cody Kater would start at quarterback for the Chippewas in the 2013 season opener versus Michigan.
• Kater vied with redshirt sophomore Alex Niznak and redshirt freshman Cooper Rush throughout training camp for the starting spot.
• Kater was lost early in 2013 opener at Michigan, breaking his collarbone, but could potentially return before the end of the regular season.
• Kater transferred to CMU from Grand Rapids Community College, where he guided the Raiders to a perfect 11-0 record in 2011, directing an offense that averaged 50 points and 509 yards per
• A native of Montague, Mich., Kater led the MHS Wildcats to back-to-back state championships
and a combined record of 27-1 in 2008 and 2009.
• A two-time all-state, all-area and all-conference selection at quarterback, he was named the
Associated Press Division 5-6 Player of the Year as a senior.
• Kater was ranked No. 11 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 14 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 following his senior season.
CMU ANNOUNCES FUTURE NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
• Central Michigan recently announced additions to its non-conference schedule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
• In 2014, CMU will open the season at home on August 28 versus Chattanooga, in the first-ever meeting between the programs.
• Central will also host Syracuse in 2014, welcoming the Orange to Kelly/Shorts Stadium on September 13.
• The Chippewas will then travel to Syracuse in 2015 for a meeting MAC-ACC clash on September 19.
• In 2016, CMU will kickoff the campaign on September 1 by hosting Presbyterian.
• That same season, Central will visit Virginia on September 24.
• One date remains to be filled, a September 12, 2015 contest against a FCS opponent.
YOUTH SERVING AT QUARTERBACK
• Central Michigan was just one of 11 teams in the nation to enter the 2013 season with no quarterbacks on its roster that have started an FBS game.
• Junior Cody Kater redshirted while at Cincinnati in 2010, started every game at the junior college level in 2011 and saw action in two games for CMU in 2012 but the season opener versus Michigan was his first career Division I start.
• Redshirt sophomore Alex Niznak appeared in relief of Kater versus Michigan and started versus New Hampshire.
• Redshirt freshman Cooper Rush made his first career appearance against UNH, throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns, and made his first career start at UNLV.
• The other FBS programs that entered 2013 with zero career QB starts on their rosters are Baylor, California, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas Tech and Virginia.
ENOS IN EXCLUSIVE CLUB
• Dan Enos is just one of four active Division I coaches to win a bowl game both as a starting quarterback and a head coach.
• As a player, Enos quarterbacked Michigan State to back-to-back bowl victories, a 33-13 win over Hawaii in the 1989 Aloha Bowl and a 17-16 win over Southern California in the 1990 John Hancock Bowl.
• In 2012, he led the Chippewas to the program’s
third ever bowl win, a 24-21 victory over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
• Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Steve Sarkisian (Washington), and Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) have also accomplished the feat.
FIRST CAREER STARTS
• At least two Chippewas made their first career starts through each of the 2013 season’s first four games, including three quarterbacks.
• In the season opener versus Michigan, four players earned their first career starts – quarterback Cody Kater, guard Cody Pettit, cornerback Brandon Greer and defensive end Jeremy Gainer.
• Against UNH, quarterback Alex Niznak, running back Saylor Lavallii and defensive end Louis Palmer made their first appearance in the starting line-up.
• Quarterback Cooper Rush (UNLV), offensive tackle Ramadan Ahmeti (UNLV), guard Connor Collins (Toledo) and defensive tackle Kelby Latta (Toledo) have also received their first starting nods through the first quarter of the 2013 campaign.
2013 CMU TEAM CAPTAINS
• Senior running back Zurlon Tipton, junior guard Andy Phillips, senior linebacker Shamari Benton and senior safety Avery Cunningham will serve as team captains for the 2013, as elected by their fellow players.
• Tipton, who rushed for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012, earning Second Team All-MAC honors, was a Maxwell and Doak Walker Award candidate.
• Phillips, a junior who has started 25 games straight, is the veteran leader of the CMU offensive line.
• Named the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Lineman of the Game, Benton is tied with teammate Justin Cherocci for the MAC lead in tackles with 84.
• Cunningham, who owns the nation’s longest start streak among safeties at 39 consecutive, is fourth in the MAC in solo tackles with 42.
CMU ON NATIONAL BROADCASTS
• To date, 11 Central Michigan football games are scheduled to be broadcast nationally in 2013.
• The Chippewas will appear on the ESPN family of networks seven times this season, including this week’s clash with Ball State that will be aired on ESPN2.
• Since the start of the 2007 season, CMU is 25-23 in 48 appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Plus, ESPN Regional, ESPN3), including the win over Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on its flagship station.
• CMU faced Michigan on the Big Ten Network in the season opener and played UNLV on the Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders.
• CMU is 2-3 all-time on the BTN, topping Indiana, 37-34, in 2008 and Iowa, 32-31, in 2012 while falling to Purdue (32-25) in 2008, Northwestern (30-25) in 2010, and Michigan (59-9) in 2013.
CHIPPEWAS IN THE NFL
• Eight former Chippewas currently reside on NFL rosters.
• Eric Fisher, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, along with linebacker Frank Zombo, a former Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers, are members of the Kansas City Chiefs.
• Offensive tackle Joe Staley, a 2011 Pro Bowler and CMU’s first-ever first round draft choice, played in Super Bowl XVVII as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
• Antonio Brown serves as the No. 1 receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s top target.
• Former Super Bowl champion Cullen Jenkins is a starter at defensive tackle for the New York Giants.
• Linebacker Nick Bellore is a key special teams player for the New York Jets and was on the 2012 Pro Bowl ballot.
• Safety Jahleel Addae, a three-time All-MAC selection, made the San Diego Chargers’ 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie free agent and has earned playing time in their nickel package and on special teams.
• Josh Gordy, who has also played for the St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers, is a reserve cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts.
THREE ADDITIONS TO COACHING STAFF
• George Ricumstrict, a former All-MAC linebacker and assistant coach at Central Michigan from 2000-03, has returned to Mount Pleasant to coach the Chippewas’ defensive line.
• Gino Guidugli, who served as a graduate assistant at CMU from 2009-11, was brought back on staff to lead the running back corps and serve as recruiting coordinator.
• Head coach Dan Enos also hired Archie Collins, a former defensive graduate assistant at Michigan State, in the offseason, adding him to his staff to coach the cornerbacks.
MAC ANNOUNCES NEW FUTURE BOWL LINE-UPS
• The Mid-American Conference has announced partnerships with three newly-created bowl games that are scheduled to begin in 2014 and a tie-in with another to begin in 2016.
• In August, the MAC added the Camellia Bowl, which will be based in Montgomery, Ala. and will be owned and operated by ESPN.
• The Camellia Bowl will feature a MAC bowl eligible football program to face a member of the Sun Belt Conference for the next six consecutive football seasons (2014-2019) in a pre-Christmas game televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.
• The Camellia Bowl will be played in the Cramton Bowl, a 25,000-seat stadium that has undergone significant renovations over the last several years, including a new press box facility, locker rooms and VIP hospitality accommodations.
• Central Michigan has some prominent history associated with a bowl bearing the same name. CMU won the 1974 Camellia Bowl, earning the program the Division II national championship.
• Then based in Sacramento, Calif., the Chippewas trounced Delaware, 54-14, to bring the title to Mount Pleasant.
• In October, the MAC announced affiliations with the Boca Raton and Bahamas Bowls.
• The MAC will partner with the Boca Raton Bowl for a six-year period (2014-2019).
• The Boca Raton Bowl will be a pre-Christmas bowl game and will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2.
• The Boca Raton Bowl will be played at FAU Stadium, an open-air stadium opened in 2011 which seats nearly 30,000 fans on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
• The MAC will play Conference USA in the Boca Raton Bowl in 2014 and the American Athletic Conference in 2015.
• The MAC will also be associated with the Bahamas Bowl for a six-year period (2014-2019).
• The Bahamas Bowl will be played at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau.
• The bowl will feature a MAC opponent versus the American Athletic Conference in 2014 and Conference USA in 2015.
• The MAC also announced a tie-in with the newly created Miami Beach Bowl to be played in Marlins Park in Miami, Fla.
• A MAC representative will play in the Miami Beach Bowl in the 2016 and 2018 bowl seasons as part of a rotation of FBS conferences.