CMU Football Picked to Finish Last in MAC West Division Preseason Poll
DETROIT – With the college football season just over a month away, Central Michigan attended its first Mid-American Conference Media Day with Jim McElwain as its head coach Tuesday at Ford Field in Detroit.
After posting its worst season in program history a year ago, CMU, which went 1-11 in 2018, was picked to finish sixth in the MAC West on Tuesday in the MAC Football Media Preseason Poll.
McElwain, who is the 29th head coach in CMU history, replaced John Bonamego who was fired on Nov. 23, 2018. Bonamego went 22-29 in four seasons at CMU.
“I’m just proud of our guys that came and representing our school and players,” McElwain said. “It’s a great experience for everybody. It doesn’t matter the year. You get excited around this time of year. Just to see the development of your players, see how far they’ve come. Actually to get back out with them and work with them every single day, it’s something you look forward to.
“They’re hungry. You know, they’re disappointed in what occurred in the past. But that’s the past. There’s nothing you can do about it. All we can do is get better today and keep working as we move forward.”
McElwain was joined Tuesday by senior defensive back Da’Quan Jamison and senior center Steve Eipper. Both Jamison and Eipper don’t give much weight to the preseason poll.
“I’m going to try to make sure the guys know that that’s where we were picked,” Eipper said. “Play with a chip on their shoulder to make sure that’s not how it happens. After last year, we can’t blame them for doing that to us, but they don’t know what kind of team we are this year and we’re going to go out and prove it to them.”
“Whoever picked us last, you know, pickers pick, coaches coach, players play,” added Jamison. “We went 1-11 simply because of us, because we were out there playing. There’s no other finger pointing. I think that’s what Coach “Mac” brought to the program. He made sure that we know that that season last year was particularly because of, you know, what we did within ourselves.”
CMU kicks off its 2019 season at home against Albany on Thursday, Aug. 29. Kickoff from Kelly/Shorts Stadium is 7 p.m.
2019 MAC Football Media Preseason Poll
Team (First Place Votes), Points
MAC East Division
1. Ohio (24), 144 points
2. Miami, 107 points
3. Buffalo, 100 points
4. Kent State, 62 points
5. Akron, 54 points
6. Bowling Green, 37 points
MAC West Division
1. Toledo (15), 127 points
2. Western Michigan (5), 112 points
3. Northern Illinois (3), 103 points
4. Eastern Michigan, 83 points
5. Ball State, 43 points
6. Central Michigan (1), 36 points
2019 MAC Championship Game Winner:
Ohio (13), Toledo (7), Western Michigan (2), Northern Illinois (1), Central Michigan (1)