WMU News

Football at Michigan rescheduled for Sept. 22

Sept. 16, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The football contest between Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, in Ann Arbor. Details regarding starting time and television coverage will be announced within a few days.

Athletic department officials at WMU and Michigan agreed Friday night to the new date. Western Michigan's scheduled home game against Ball State at "Southwest Fest" on Sept. 22 will be rescheduled to a date to be announced. Michigan, which had planned to open its Big Ten schedule by hosting Illinois on Sept. 22, will also move that match up to a later date to be announced.

"There was an extreme amount of cooperation between the Mid-American Conference and the Big Ten Conference to make this series of events work," said Kathy Beauregard, WMU athletic director. She also acknowledged and thanked the football coaches and athletic directors at Ball State and Illinois for their cooperation.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, the football contest at Michigan was postponed following terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11. All NCAA Division I-A football games and nearly all professional sporting events were suspended through today, Sept. 16.

Western Michigan University suspended all varsity sports contests beginning the day of the attack and continuing through today (Sept. 16). In addition to football, other WMU teams with contests canceled or postponed were men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball.

The volleyball team was scheduled to compete Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, at a tournament in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Ohio State University. In addition to WMU and Ohio State, other teams scheduled for that tournament were San Diego State and West Virginia. The Ohio State tournament was canceled and will not be rescheduled this year.

The volleyball team's next contest will be Friday, Sept. 21, when the Broncos open defense of their MAC championship at Bowling Green beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information visit the Broncos on the Web at www.wmubroncos.com

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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