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Monday, November 12, 2007

Rao says no to midweek football

Central Michigan University President Michael Rao, six days after the Tuesday night Central Michigan/Western Michigan game, released a statement calling on the Mid-American Conference to stop scheduling games on school nights.

Here's the text of the statement:

Message from President Rao and Interim Provost Shapiro
There has recently
been discussion on campus about Mid-American Conference midweek football games,
in general, and the Tuesday night WMU-CMU football game in particular. While we
take great pride in the success of our football team, we take the position that
the Mid- American Conference should not schedule football games on midweek
nights, although we recognize that some future commitments have been made. This
position is shared by CMU Athletic Director David Heeke, the CMU Faculty
Athletic Representative, Kevin Love, and by many others on campus.
The issue of midweek football games has been raised and will continue to be addressed with seriousness at future Mid-American Conference meetings. However, we hereby clearly express our position on class cancellations. The University policy is to conduct classes as scheduled regardless of athletic event scheduling. Faculty
members should continue to hold classes and students are expected to and should
attend their classes.

No word yet on Tuesday's TV ratings. The final regular-season game is on Friday.


Blogger Dick Bolton said...

Good for President Rao, Athletic Director Heke, et al.

It is good to see people at CMU have an eye on appropriate university priorities.

11:40 AM 

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