ESPN Plus to Televise CMU Game at Michigan

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University's Sept. 9 football game at the University of Michigan will be televised on ESPN Plus and available on ESPN Game Plan. The contest has also been scheduled for a noon kickoff.

The Chippewas will now make five appearances on the ESPN family of networks during the 2006 season.

"This is another outstanding opportunity for our program to compete in the spotlight against a high caliber of competition," said third-year head coach Brian Kelly. "The attention that we have attracted from ESPN is a testament to this program and everyone associated with it."

Central Michigan opens the 2006 season at home against Boston College on Thursday, August 31 at 6 p.m. ESPN2 will televise that contest to a national audience, marking the CMU program's first appearance on the network.

The Chippewas are also slated to play Bowling Green (Oct. 19) on ESPNU, Western Michigan (Nov. 10) on ESPNU or ESPN Classic and Northern Illinois (Nov. 17) on ESPNU. Additional games could be added by Comcast Local; that schedule will be announced at a later date.

In 2005, CMU had games televised on ESPN Classic, ESPNU and ESPN Plus. Four other contests aired regionally on Comcast last season.

The Chippewas return 32 lettermen from last season's 6-5 squad. CMU last posted consecutive winning seasons in 1990-91.

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