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|Central Michigan Chippewas|
|Athletic director||Michael Alford|
|Head coach||Jim McElwain |
1st season, 8–6 (.571)
|Location||Mount Pleasant, Michigan|
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|All-time record||626–428–36 (.591)|
|Bowl record||3–9 (.250)|
|Claimed national titles||1 (1974) (Division II)|
|Rivalries||Western Michigan (rivalry)|
Eastern Michigan (rivalry)
|Colors||Maroon and Gold|
|Fight song||The Fighting Chippewa|
|Marching band||The Marching Chippewas|
The Central Michigan Chippewas are a college football program in Division I FBS, representing Central Michigan University (CMU). CMU currently has the 30th highest overall winning percentage of programs currently playing in NCAA Division I.
The Chippewas have played in five bowl games in the last seven years, drawing 60,624 fans in the 2007 Motor City Bowl. CMU has played a total of eight post-season games (conference championships and bowl games), winning six. All have occurred in the past seven years.
Central Michigan has been a member of the following conferences.:109–117
- Independent (1896–1949)[better source needed]
- Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1950–1969)
- Independent (1970–1974)[better source needed]
- Mid-American Conference (1975–present)
The Chippewas won the 1974 NCAA Division II National Championship.
|1974||NCAA Division II||Roy Kramer||12–1||Delaware||W 54–14|
Central Michigan has won 16 conference championships including seven Mid-American Conference Championships.:109–117
|1952||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Bill Kelly||7–2||6–0|
|1953||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Bill Kelly||7–1–1||5–0–1|
|1954†||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Bill Kelly||8–2||5–1|
|1955||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Bill Kelly||8–1||5–1|
|1956||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Bill Kelly||9–0||6–0|
|1962||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Bill Kelly||6–4||4–0|
|1966||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Bill Kelly||5–5||3–0|
|1967†||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Roy Kramer||8–2||2–1|
|1968†||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Roy Kramer||7–2||2–1|
|1979||Mid-American Conference||Herb Deromedi||10–0–1||8–0–1|
|1980||Mid-American Conference||Herb Deromedi||9–2||7–2|
|1990||Mid-American Conference||Herb Deromedi||8–3–1||7–1|
|1994||Mid-American Conference||Dick Flynn||9–3||8–1|
|2006||Mid-American Conference||Brian Kelly‡||10–4||7–1|
|2007||Mid-American Conference||Butch Jones||8–6||6–1|
|2009||Mid-American Conference||Butch Jones‡||12–2||8–0|
Central Michigan has won 4 division championships:
|2006||MAC West||Brian Kelly||Ohio||W 31–10|
|2007†||MAC West||Butch Jones||Miami||W 35–10|
|2009||MAC West||Butch Jones||Ohio||W 20–10|
|2019||MAC West||Jim McElwain||Miami||L 21–26|
Many notable coaches have contributed to CMU's culture. Some include legendary "Wild" Bill Kelly who won seven conference championships in sixteen years and whom Kelly/Shorts Stadium is named after; national championship winning coach Roy Kramer who had a 72% winning percentage and never had a losing season in more than a decade; College Football Hall of Fame coach Herb Deromedi who is the winningest coach in MAC history and Brian Kelly and Butch Jones who combined for three MAC Championships in four years, four consecutive bowl appearance and top 25 finish in the nation.
CMU head coaches through the 2019 season.
|Charles Tambling||1902–1905, 1918||5||18–2|
|Wallace Parker||1921–1923, 1926–1928||6||32–10–6|
|George Van Bibber||1931–1933||3||12–9–2|
Central Michigan holds a 3–9 record in bowl games.:124–136
|1990||California Bowl||San Jose State||L 24–48|
|1994||Las Vegas Bowl||UNLV||L 24–52|
|2006||Motor City Bowl||Middle Tennessee State||W 31–14|
|2007||Motor City Bowl||Purdue||L 48–51|
|2008||Motor City Bowl||Florida Atlantic||L 21–24|
|2009||GMAC Bowl||Troy||W 44–41|
|2012||Little Caesars Pizza Bowl||Western Kentucky||W 24–21|
|2014||Bahamas Bowl||WKU||L 48–49|
|2015||Quick Lane Bowl||Minnesota||L 14–21|
|2016||Miami Beach Bowl||Tulsa||L 10–55|
|2017||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Wyoming||L 14–37|
|2019||New Mexico Bowl||San Diego State||L 11–48|
These archrivals first met in 1907 and have faced one another annually since 1943. Since the two schools are separated by a two-hour drive, the visiting team typically has a strong fan and student presence at the game. The winner of the game receives the Cannon Trophy. The outcome also helps determine the winner of the Michigan MAC Trophy, a trophy fought over between Michigan's three MAC football teams: the Chippewas, the Broncos, and the Eastern Michigan Eagles. WMU leads the series overall 49–39–2.[when?]
Kelly/Shorts game day experience
Central Michigan has the largest on-campus stadium in the Mid-American Conference, seating 32,885 fans and has been playing home football games dating back to 1896. The Sporting News has named Kelly/Shorts Stadium "the finest football facility in the Mid-American Conference" and "the best game day atmosphere in the MAC".
The East End of the stadium (as of 2014) once again hosts the CMU Student section backing the football team. The Chippewa Marching Band, cheerleaders, and dance team add to the game day experience and has helped CMU become one of the nation's winningest schools at home with a .714 winning percentage all-time at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
CMU drew a capacity crowd of 35,127 fans for the Central Michigan–Michigan State game televised on ESPNU and has hosted schools from the ACC, Big Ten, and Big 12 conferences. Future opponents at home include schools from the Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences.
In 2010, the CMU Board of Trustees designed and set course to construct a state of the art stadium expansion to integrate a hotel, restaurant, and conference center connected by a glass atrium to new stadium suites on the east side. This addition will be custom-built into Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Newer upgrades include a video scoreboard standing six stories and featuring two video replay boards—one facing into the stadium and a second board facing outside the stadium by tailgating areas. NFL-quality permanent lighting has been installed for television and future ESPN night games.
College Football Hall of Fame
|Herb Deromedi||Head coach||1978–1993||2007|
- Curtis Adams (1984) – AP All-American, San Diego Chargers running back, NFL draft choice
- Jahleel Addae (2012) - Los Angeles Chargers Safety
- Vince Agnew – NFL and CFL player
- Ron Bartell (2004) – cornerback, 2nd round NFL draft choice, nine-year NFL veteran finishing career with the Detroit Lions
- Dan Bazuin (2006) – All-American, Chicago Bears defensive end, 2007 NFL 2nd round draft choice
- Walter Beach (1959) – AP All-American, Cleveland Browns safety, NFL draft choice of the New York Giants
- Nick Bellore (2010) - Detroit Lions Linebacker
- Ray Bentley (1985) – Buffalo Bills linebacker, started two Super Bowl games, recent sports radio personality, ABC College Football and NFL on Fox broadcaster
- Novo Bojovic (1984) – St. Louis Cardinals kicker
- John Bonamego (1986) – Detroit Lions special teams coordinator and coordinator for four different NFL teams
- Jim Bowman (1984) – AP All-American, New England Patriots free safety, played in Super Bowl, NFL 2nd round draft choice
- Antonio Brown (2009) – 6× Pro Bowl (2011, 2013–2017), 2× First-team All-American (2008, 2009), 2× First-team All-MAC (2008, 2009)
- Titus Davis (2014) – Wide Receiver
- Tony Elliott (1984) – Green Bay Packers nickel back and safety
- Eric Fisher (2012) – Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle - 1st overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, First-team All-American, First-team All-MAC
- Kavon Frazier (2016) - Dallas Cowboys Safety - drafted in the 6th round
- Eric Ghiaciuc (2004) – Cincinnati Bengals center, 2005 NFL 4th round draft choice
- Josh Gordy (2009) – Defensive Back - played for several NFL teams, Super Bowl XLV Champion
- Brock Gutierrez (1996) – ten-year NFL veteran at center finishing career with the Detroit Lions
- Brett Hartmann (2010) – Houston Texans punter. Suffered a career-ending injury
- Gary Hogeboom (1979) – NFL quarterback 11 seasons, primarily a backup with the Dallas Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts; NFL 5th round draft choice; Notable Survivor reality T.V. contestant.
- Tory Humphrey (2004) – New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl champion, tight end.
- Robert Jackson (1981) – Cincinnati Bengals safety, eight seasons and NFL draft choice
- Jake Olson (2013) – offensive tackle - played 3 CFL seasons
- Jim Podoley (1956) – AP All-American, Washington Redskins running back, Pro Bowl player, NFL 4th round draft choice
- Thomas Rawls (2015) - New York Jets Running Back
- Scott Rehberg (1996) – New England Patriots offensive lineman and NFL 7th round draft choice
- Cooper Rush (2017) - New York Giants Quarterback
- Joe Staley (2006) – San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle - 28th pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, 6× Pro Bowl (2011–2015,2017)
- L.T. Walton (2015) - Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End - drafted in the gth round
- Frank Zombo (2009) - Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker - Super Bowl XLV Starter and Champion, 2x First-team ALL-MAC (2008, 2009)
The CMU Sports Network broadcasts all games live throughout Michigan and online for free.
CMU Sports Network Affiliates:
- 1270 AM WXYT, Detroit
- 1340 AM WJRW, Grand Rapids
- 98.5 FM WUPS, Houghton Lake
- 730 AM WVFN, Lansing
- 95.3 FM WCFX, Mount Pleasant
- 97.5 FM WLAW, Muskegon
- 1110 AM WJML, Petoskey
CMU Sports Zone provides live and archive Internet video-feed of games, gameday coverage, and coaches shows.
Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of September 18, 2019.
- No games currently scheduled for the 2028-2029 seasons.
|San Jose State (9/5)||at Missouri (9/4)||at Oklahoma State (9/3)||at Michigan State (9/2)||at Florida International (9/7)||at San Jose State (8/30)||at New Mexico State (9/5)||at Wyoming (9/4)||at Michigan State (8/31)|
|at Nebraska (9/12)||Robert Morris (9/11)||South Alabama (9/10)||at South Alabama (9/9)||at Illinois (9/14)||Wyoming (9/19)||at Michigan State (9/11)||at San Diego State (9/21)|
|Northwestern (9/19)||at LSU (9/18)||at Penn State (9/24)||San Diego State (9/28)|
|Bryant (9/26)||Florida International (9/25)|
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