A Page -- Dec. 17, 2011 -- AM Edition


Dec. 17:  Gildan New Mexico Bowl -- Albuquerque, N.M.  2:00 pm ET (ESPN)

Temple (8-4, 5-3 MAC) vs. Wyoming (8-4, 5-2, Mountain West)

Temple is making its second bowl appearance in  three years.  Temple suffered a 30-21 loss to UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl in Washington, DC (2009). 


Dec. 17:  Famous Idaho Potato Bowl -- Boise, Ida.  5:30 pm ET (ESPN)

Ohio (9-4, 6-2 MAC) vs. Utah State (7-5, 5-2, WAC)

Ohio will be making its third consecutive bowl appearance (2010 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl; 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl).  The Bobcats have received a bowl invitation for the fourth time in the last six years.


Dec. 27:  Little Caesars Pizza Bowl -- Detroit, Mich.  4:30 pm ET (ESPN)

Western Michigan (7-5, 5-3 MAC) vs. Purdue (6-6, 4-4, Big Ten)

Western Michigan is making its second bowl appearance in the last four years (2008 Texas Bowl).  This will be the third bowl appearance for head coach Bill Cubit in his seventh year at the helm of the Broncos.


Dec. 28:  Military Bowl  -- Washington, D.C.  4:30 pm ET (ESPN)

Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC) vs. Air Force (7-5, 3-4, Mountain West)

Toledo will be making its second consecutive bowl appearance (2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl).  Toledo will be making its conference leading 12th bowl appearance in program history (8-3 record in bowl games).


Jan. 8:  GoDaddy.com Bowl -- Mobile, Ala. 9:00 pm ET (ESPN)

Northern Illinois (10-3, 7-1 MAC) vs. Arkansas State (10-2, 8-0, Sun Belt)

Northern Illinois will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance (2010 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl; 2010 International Bowl; 2008 Independence Bowl).


MAC Storylines

• Five MAC programs will be playing in bowl games as invitations were extended on Dec. 4.  Northern Illinois (GoDaddy.com Bowl), Western Michigan (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl), Ohio (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Temple (Gildan New Mexico Bowl) and Toledo (Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman) will represent the MAC in bowl games this season.


• This year also ties the MAC record for bowl invitations in a single season.  The MAC received five bowl invitations for the fourth time in conference history (2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011).  The conference has received five bowl invitations in three of the last four seasons.


• Comment from MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher on the bowl invitations.  “I am pleased for the student-athletes, coaches and fans at our five MAC member institutions that have received bowl invitations,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference.  “The commitment of the student-athletes to excel has earned them this opportunity.  I like our bowl lineup and the matchups.  I look forward to watching the MAC teams compete with others during the bowl season.”


• The MAC has three primary bowl agreements with the Little Caesars  Pizza Bowl (Detroit), GoDaddy.com Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.). The MAC also has four secondary agreements in 2011: Gildan New Mexico Bowl; Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl; Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and the BBVA Compass Bowl.  In addition, the MAC has a secondary agreement with the TicketCity Bowl for the 2012 season.


• Northern Illinois defeated Ohio, 23-20, in the 2011 Marathon MAC Football Championship on Dec. 2.  The win marked the first time the Huskies have won the MAC title since 1983. Northern Illinois kicker Mathew Sims kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired for the 23-20 victory to cap a dramatic comeback by the Huskies.  Ohio opened a 20-0 lead at the half and witnessed Northern Illinois respond with 23 second half points, including 16 fourth quarter points for the victory. Huskies quarterback Chandler Harnish threw three second half touchdown passes, including two to wide receiver Nathan Palmer and one to receiver Martel Moore.


MAC PROGRAMS IN BOWL GAMES...In the last four years, ten of the MAC’s 13 football programs have received a bowl invitation.  Northern Illinois leads the pack with invites in four consecutive years, while Ohio (2009, 2010, 2011) has received three invites during that span. Central Michigan (2008, 2009), Temple (2009, 2011), Toledo (2010, 2011) and Western Michigan (2008, 2011) have each received two bowl invites over this four year period.  Ball State (2008), Buffalo (2008), Bowling Green (2009) and Miami (2010) each received one bowl invitation in the last four years.


North Ridgeville High alum Jordan White

WESTERN MICHIGAN WR JORDAN WHITE LEADS NATION IN RECEPTIONS AND RECEIVING YARDS...Wester Michigan senior wide receiver Jordan White leads the nation with 127 receptions and 1,646 yards.  The Cleveland, Ohio native is part of a scoring connection with quarterback Alex Carder to lead the Broncos offense as the eighth best in the nation in passing yards (328.2 ypg) and 18th scoring offense (35.6 ppg) in the country. White set school single-season marks for receptions (127) and yards (1,646) in a season and earlier this year became the school’s all-time career leader in receptions (293), yards (3,922) and ranks second in touchdown receptions (31).  White also ranks second in MAC history in receiving yards (3,922), tied for fourth in receptions (293) and sixth in touchdowns (31). Also joining the top ranks, Miami wide receiver Nick Harwell ranks third in the nation with 1,425 receiving yards and his 129.6 yards per game ranks second.


Oberlin Athletics Mourns the loss of James White

Oberlin, Ohio –
 The Oberlin College Athletics Department along with the entire campus community would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of James White, who passed away on December 7 at the Kendal Nursing Home in Oberlin.

White, who served as the College’s Director of Financial Aid for 23 years (1967-1990), was one of the biggest supporters the athletics department has ever come to known.

In addition to all the great work he achieved with the College and the city of Oberlin as whole, White touched the lives of multiple student-athletes throughout his lifetime.

The words of encouragement he would provide and the bright smile he flashed from the sideline meant so much to so many. 

Steve Holmes ‘79 was one of those athletes who cared so deeply for Mr. White.  “I can only imagine how many football, basketball, soccer, baseball and hockey games, swim meets, rugby matches, etc., Mr. White attended while at Oberlin,” Holmes said.

“My favorite memory of Mr. White came during my freshman year at Kenyon College. The football team had 16 guys and we were not predicted to have any success. However, we managed to win the game in a hard-fought, exciting game. As I was walking off the football field, headed to the locker room to share the sweet moment with my teammates, I'll never forget seeing Mr. White, with his ubiquitous tie, walking across the gridiron to us, with the biggest smile I think I've ever seen on his face.  Mr. White had taken the time to drive to Kenyon to share in our great victory and I will never forget that smile.”

A longtime member of the John W. Heisman Club and member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, White also took the time to serve all of the students at Oberlin and for that he has earned an everlasting place in the hearts of many people.

“Jim was without a doubt one of the finest persons that I have ever known,” said James Donovan ’61. “His list of lifelong interests, activities and accomplishments is both lengthy and impressive. His efforts and care for and dedication to all things Oberlin, community and college, are evidenced by his selection as the News-Tribune's 2011 Oberlinian of the Year as well as the recipient of the Oberlin College Distinguished Service Award.”

Donovan added, “There was never a more loyal and faithful advocate for Oberlin Athletics than Jim White. In all kinds of weather, he made hundreds of road trips to Oberlin contests to support athletes and coaches alike. He was one of a kind and a beloved friend who will be greatly missed by all who got to know him.”

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