Monday, February 09, 2009

Michigan to Play Heidelberg This Fall

The Michigan football team finalized its 2009 schedule with the addition of Delaware State, a historically black college.

Delaware State will fill the Oct. 17 slot in Michigan's 12-game regular season, a source within the athletic department confirmed.

Delaware State is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and is a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly Division I-AA, team.

Delaware State's coach, Al Lavan, was an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan and also spent 18 seasons in the NFL as an assistant.

Lavan became coach at Delaware State in 2004. In 2007, the Hornets won 10 games and the MEAC championship, the school's first since 1991.

Last season, Delware State was 5-6.

Delaware State will be the second FCS school Michigan has played in three years. Appalachian State stunned the Wolverines, 34-32, in the 2007 season opener.

Michigan's 12-game schedule now features nonconference games at Western Michigan in the Sept. 5 opener, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan and Delaware State, all at Michigan Stadium.
Reactions that I've read range from outrage that Michigan would blatantly schedule such a cupcake team, to hopefulness that this would at least help M get an easy win during this rebuilding phase.

I myself am figuring that tickets might be easy to come by for that one.

Then again, I attended one such supposed cupcake game last season, and that didn't go so well.

But there's nowhere to go but up. Right?


LutherPunk said...

I would like to see games against FCS teams HURT FBS teams in terms of BCS or whatever other system may be coming down the road. Hell, charge them a half point in conference standings for this nonsense. Perhaps merely scheduling a FCS team counted with the same weight as a loss in the BCS system, we could get rid of some of these games.

The App State game was a fluke (or as my grandfather would say, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then). There should not be FBS and FCS teams playing one another, especially at the elite levels.

Florida plays Charleston Southern next year. Please. Make it stop.

Anonymous said...

Ohio State scheduled powerhouse New Mexico State (3-9, lost the last 7 games of the season and fired the coach).