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NCAA College Football News

Friday, 21 December, 2012 11:06 AM

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl to Have Partisan CMU Crowd

Photo by Lars Hjelmroth

From left to right: The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Mascot, Western Kentucky Interim Head Coach Lance Guidry, Central Michigan Head Coach Dan Enos, and former Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr now retired and a LCPB Board Member.

 

by Raymond Rolak
Sports Editor

 

 

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DETROIT -- The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will be held on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Detroit’s Ford Field. 2012 marks the bowl’s eleventh year at Ford Field, after five years at the Pontiac Silverdome. The bowl will again be televised nationally on ESPN.

This kick-off luncheon was part of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association’s December meeting schedule and has become an annual introduction of the bowl coaches to the Detroit area media.

Western Kentucky (7-5) will be in their first Bowl Game, Central Michigan (6-6) will be making their third Little Caesars Pizza Bowl appearance. This year will mark the Chippewas’ first return to Detroit since their battle with Florida Atlantic in the 2008 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Both head coaches expressed their appreciation to Ken Hoffmann and the LCPB Committee for the selection of their respective teams.

CMU running back and Detroit native son, Zurlon Tipton, who has had quite a season for the Chippewa’s said, “We want to represent Central Michigan and come out with a win. Nothing else matters. This isn’t a vacation. We will be all business. Coach (Dan) Enos will have us ready. It will be great playing in front of family and friends.” Tipton was awarded the CMU Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player Award and he is currently averaging 115.9 yards-per-game.

Hoffmann praised George Perles for his vision in this the 16th edition of the LCPB. Vicky Foley, President of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association thanked emcee Tim Moore and Hall of Fame Football Coach Lloyd Carr for presenting Detroit in such a wonderful light.

Western Kentucky Interim Head Coach Lance Guidry couldn’t have expressed any better how pleased he is to bring his team to Detroit for the Holidays. Following the 2010 season, Guidry led Miami University to a win in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl as the interim head coach. In 2012, he will attempt to lead WKU to a win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl as the Hilltoppers' interim head coach. “I want to be 2-0 not 1-1,” said Guidry.

“We’re thrilled to be invited and headed back to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. We’ve had a wonderful relationship with this bowl in the past,” said Central Michigan Athletics Director David Heeke. “We’re excited to go to Detroit and a tremendous football event. We expect Chippewa fans to once again come out in support of our university.”

Western Kentucky had three players showcased; defensive tackle Jamarcus Allen, three time Captain Jack Doyle and running-back Antonio Andrews. Andrews is close to breaking the NCAA single season rushing mark.

The three were pleasantly surprised by football pioneer and 1948 Cotton Bowl star Wally Triplett. Triplett, who played at Penn State graciously answered questions and posed for social media photos with the three Hilltoppers.

While in Detroit, the WKU trio was planning their bowling squad for the team outing at Thunderbird Lanes in Allen Park. The event and pizza party is one of the highlights of the LCPB experience in Detroit. Allen, a three year starter from Orlando said with a giant smile that he was a bit concerned with snow potential.

Central Michigan senior offensive tackle Eric Fisher has been selected to Sports Illustrated All-America Second Team and to the Associated Press All-America Third Team.

Mid-American Conference teams have been 6-9 and Sunbelt Conference teams have been 2-1 in the LCPB. CMU is on a roll, winning their last three games in the MAC this year.

Again the Little Caesars Pizza Corporation will send their “Love Kitchen” to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and to Bowling Green, Kentucky to feed the less fortunate for the Holidays. They expect to feed over 1,600 meals according to Little Caesars President and CEO David Scrivano.

Related Story: Purdue Wins Little Caesars Pizza Bowl 37-32, Forces Seven Turnovers

 

Photo credit: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

For more information, visit www.littlecaesarspizzabowl.com.

 

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