July 11, 2008

NMU Football Goes Prime Time

MARQUETTE, Mich. – A national television audience will be focused on the Superior Dome Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. when the rivalry on the gridiron is renewed between the Wildcats of Northern Michigan University and the Huskies of Michigan Tech. The game is one of six contests being televised by CBS College Sports Network this fall. 
 
“The Northern Michigan-Michigan Tech football game is a great rivalry to start with as it has great tradition,” said Bernie Anderson, NMU head football coach. “The game itself is big. Now to move it to a Thursday night and put it on national television as a highlight game. It does not get too much bigger and better. It is great for the U.P.; great for both universities and I think it is great for our players, coaches and fans alike. It just adds a little bit more to a big, big rivalry.”
 
NMU is coming off a 5-5 campaign in 2007. The ‘Cats defeated the Huskies last year in the Superior Dome by a score of 34-27. NMU won three of its final four games in 2007. The winner of the NMU-MTU game receives the Miner’s Cup.  
 
The Division II-CBS College Sports Network partnership featured three games in 2006, four games in 2007 and has increased to six games for the upcoming season.     Fort Valley State takes on defending national champion Valdosta State on Saturday, Aug. 23. Other games include: North Alabama at Carson-Newman on Thursday, Sept. 4; Southwest Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth on Thursday, Sept. 11; Western State at Mesa State on Thursday, Oct. 16; and Angelo State at Tarleton State on Thursday, Oct. 30.
 
“About a month ago I was contacted to see if we would be interested in moving the Michigan Tech football game from Sept. 20 to Sept. 18 for television purposes. I said we would be very interested and would do all we could to accommodate them,” said Ken Godfrey, NMU athletic director. “I then was contacted and told the NCAA was not going to select this game. I expressed my disappointment and said they were missing a great opportunity. About two weeks later they asked if we were still interested and again stated we would be extremely happy to have this opportunity. We were then selected. This is a great opportunity for NMU to receive national exposure as well as MTU. We have a “world class” football venue in the Superior Dome. If the game is anything like last year, it will be a tremendous game environment. This is a great rivalry.”  
 
The broadcasts will also be syndicated through regional sports networks and made available via broadband at www.ncaa.com.
 
NMU will open the 2008 campaign at home against Northwood at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. The following week the Wildcats face the Tiffin University Dragons in Ohio.
 
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