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Merrill sentenced to serve 70 months in prison FBI seized more than 100,000 child porn images from CMU office, home CM Life Staff Reports

Central Michigan University professor William Lord Merrill, 58, was sentenced to 70 months in prison Tuesday at U.S. District Court in Bay City for possession of child pornography, according to court records. Merrill, who taught, among

other courses, classes on Internet censorship at CMU, was arrested for possession of more than 100,000 images of child porn on Dec. 19. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington. He entered a guilty plea in March, admitting to receiving child pornography. In exchange for the guilty plea, federal prosecutors

dropped a second charge of the same crime and another count of child pornography possession. Merrill could have faced as much as 20 years in prison. Instead, he William Merrill will serve just above the


Central Michigan head football coach Dan Enos addresses the media at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit. Enos is in his fourth season as the Chippewas head coach and is looking to build off a successful end to the 2012 season.

Favorite Northern Illinois, Toledo, Ball State picked ahead of Chippewas in preseason poll


Central Michigan football picked to finish fourth in MAC West 2013 MAC Preseason Poll Breakdown (2012 record) (first-place votes)

MAC East

By Aaron McMann | Staff Reporter ETROIT — Central Michigan football was picked by the media to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference West Division Tuesday, slightly ahead of the general consensus among preseason publications. The MAC preseason poll was unveiled during the league’s media festivities at Ford Field. The Chippewas earned 67 points, good for fourth place in the West Division. Instate rivals Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan finished fifth and sixth, respectively. The Chippewas received a vote to win the MAC championship game by one MAC beat writer. “We can’t worry about what we see on paper, we just got to play the game,” said senior

safety Avery Cunningham. “We feel like we can do a little better than that, but we just got to wait and see.” Northern Illinois, last year’s league champion and the first MAC school to play in a BCS game, was the clear favorite to win the West and MAC championship game. Toledo and Ball State were also picked ahead of CMU. Media members picked Ohio to win the East, 10 points ahead of Bowling Green — a team some also picked to win the division. “A lot of it is because our league is so tough,” Enos said of CMU’s ranking. “Northern Illinois, for example, brings back the player of the year and their whole offense back. Every year, you have question marks.”

1. Ohio (9-4, 4-4 MAC) (15) 2. Bowling Green (8-5, 6-2 MAC) (8) 3. Kent State (11-3, 8-0 MAC) (1) 4. Buffalo (4-8, 3-5 MAC) (1) 5. Miami (4-8, 3-5 MAC) 6. Akron (1-11, 0-8 MAC) 7. UMass (1-11, 1-7 MAC)

MAC West

1. Northern Illinois (12-2, 8-0 MAC) (16) 2. Toledo (9-4, 6-2 MAC) (5) 3. Ball State (9-4, 6-2 MAC) (3) 4. Central Michigan (7-6. 4-4 MAC) (1) 5. Western Michigan (4-8, 2-6 MAC) 6. Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7 MAC)


Bradford makes name for herself at World University Games By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

Crystal Bradford came to Central Michigan as the 37th-ranked recruit in the nation. Now, after just two years, the six-foot junior is a Mid-American Conference champion and a World University Games gold medalist. “My mom told me she always had a vision for me, and sometimes I don’t see it for myself,” Bradford said. “If someone told me all this was going to happen, I wouldn’t have doubted them, but then again, I don’t know.” The last six months of Bradford’s life have brought her plenty of success. She played a key role in winning the first MAC title for the women’s basketball team since 1986, was the first Chippewa to receive a first-team All-MAC team selection since 1993 and was selected have a chance to play for her country. “I just felt that getting picked was an honor, but it just kept getting bigger and bigger for me,” she said. “It started out with winning the MAC championship. I thought it was huge, and it was the biggest thing. Then I got to make it to tryouts for the USA team, and I thought that

was the biggest thing.” When tryouts started for Team USA, Bradford was skeptical if she was going to be able to make the final cut. There were 32 of the best players from around the nation and only 12 spots. “I told my pop Dwayne Scott that if there were 14 spots I would make it for sure, but I wasn’t sure if I could make it with 12 spots,” she said. “Everybody was talented. Everyone was so good I had to think about how to separate myself from the rest. I realized I was more athletic, but I was still a guard and I could do things the post could do as well. I could assist, I could rebound and I could score.” Eventually, Bradford stood out and was selected as one of seven guards on the team. “When they said my name, I blacked out,” she said. “I don’t remember what was going on until I got back. I just started to think about all the people I knew I was making proud.” Once at the games, Bradford continued to make a name for herself. She averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game. She was efficient with her time and shot 61 percent from the floor. Her performance reached its

minimum sentence of 60 months. He resigned from CMU in November after being suspended by the university. According to court documents, Merrill knowingly received child pornography on or about July 26, 2003. The FBI seized Merrill’s hard drive from his CMU office, in addition to the hard drive that contained child pornography. Additionally, the U.S. attorney agreed Merrill assisted the authorities in his prosecution by

peak in the semi-final game against Australia when she hit a shot off her own rebound with 14 seconds left in the game. “I was just standing like I was told to do, then something snapped and I had to go get it. There wasn’t anyone else open and Kaleena MosquedaLewis set a dominate screen for me to get open, so I attacked the basket,” she said. “I did a side step, I went with my left and came back on my right and the girl was still on my left side. I thought, ‘Wow, I am so open.’ I missed it and I was ‘Oh, shoot!’ I put it back up and I knew it was going to go in. Once it went in, I was just excited and I started to think about all the people I was making happy.” One of the people she made proud was her mom, Faye Bradford, who watched the game from home. “I’m just very proud of her and grateful for the way things are going for her,” she said. A BRADFORD | 2

notifying authorities in a timely manner that he intended to plead guilty. When a warrant was issued on Nov. 5 to search Merrill’s Mount Pleasant home and office at CMU, items seized and disposed of included all computers, laptops, iPads, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, hard drives, phones, media storage drives, knives, handcuffs, USB flashdrives, iPods and prescription pills, according to court documents. A MERRILL | 2

Senate to vote on student loan plan this week By Adrian Hedden Staff Reporter and John Irwin Editor-in-Chief

The U.S. Senate is set to vote this week on a compromise on student loan interest rates that would lower rates for students who just recently saw them double. The plan, reached nearly three weeks after lawmakers failed to reach a deal preventing loan rates from subsidized loan rates from doubling to 6.8 percent, would tie interest rates to the U.S. Treasury’s 10-year borrowing rate. A vote is expected on the floor at some point this week, and leaders in both parties say they back the measure, including President Barack Obama. However, Obama might have a tough time winning over his party’s more liberal members who see the compromise as too much of a giveaway to House Republicans, who passed a similar measure weeks ago. “At a time when Democrats control the White House and the U.S. Senate, we should not support bad legislation almost identical to that passed by a very conservative, Republican-led House,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of the plan’s most vocal critics, said in a statement. This proposal would see undergraduates charged an interest rate on their loans of just 3.86 percent this fall on both subsidized and unsubsidized loans, which sat at 6.8 percent before subsidized loans did. A STUDENT LOANS | 2


CMU junior guard Crystal Bradford, left, poses for a portrait with her mother, Faye.

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TUESDAY w Tour Tuesdays at the Mueseum of Cultural and Natural History continues with Backyard Birding, where the public can learn about mid-Michigan birds and their habitats. Admission is free and runs from 10 a.m. through noon.


Dexter resident Dani Waidley, left, and New Baltimore resident Julienne Kiehl work on resumes with their group Tuesday morning during MASC/MAHS Summer Leadership Camp in Moore Hall.

Leadership camps hosted at CMU draw students from across Michigan

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By Adrian Hedden Staff Reporter

As 110 middle school students clad in multi-colored costumes filed in and out of classrooms on the first floor of Moore Hall, Todd Burlingham was glad to bring his career back home. For the past five years, the 2008 integrated public relations graduate of Central Michigan University has worked as the director of student services for the Michigan Association of Student Councils and Honor Societies. Active for about 25 years, the organization is hosting its summer leadership camps for middle school and high school students at CMU for the first time this year. And Burlingham was certain that attendees of the camp would leave CMU this year, ready to be leaders in their communities. “Most people look at me and say I’m nuts to have 20 teens in a group and have

STUDENT LOANS | CONTINUED FROM 1 Then, the rates are projected to increase to 4.62 percent for 2014. The rates would continue to increase each year by about 0.8 percent, climbing to roughly 7 percent by 2017. This marks a four-year growth of about 3.2 percent and would bring rates higher, in four years, than they were after July’s doubling. The deal would also cap undergraduate rates at 8.25 percent. Kirk Yats, director of scholarships and financial aid at Central Michigan University, said the college would prefer a fixed interest rate or even a decrease, for the sake of stability. “We support capping or even lowering it so that it makes repayment easier,” he said. “It would also be good for the life of the loan if students know what their

rate will be when they do go into repayment … I think we would support the interest rates being rolled back to 3.4 percent. We do expect there will be some kind of cap.” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the plan a “win for students” on Tuesday, but acknowledged it does little to nothing to address the over $1 trillion in total student loan debt nationwide. “This is an important first step, but it’s just a step,” Duncan said. Federal Stafford loan rates jumped from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on July 1 after a one-year extension of the College Cost Reduction and Fairness Act of 2007 expired. Congress failed to reach an agreement on the law’s extension or replacement. Signed into law by former President George W. Bush

MEDIA DAY | CONTINUED FROM 1 The preseason ranking is slightly better than the “experts,” most of whom (Phil Steele of the Orlando Sentinel, Athlon Sports, USA Today, Lindy’s) have pegged the Chippewas to finish fifth in the division. Sporting News was the only publication to predict a fourth-place finish for CMU. Phil Steele, however, doesn’t rule out another bowl appearance for Dan Enos and his team, writing: “They have just three home games in the

first 10 games but just like last year, have a chance for a strong November.” But it won’t be easy. NIU returns senior quarterback Jordan Lynch, a Heisman Trophy candidate who threw for more than 3,100 yards and rushed for more than 1.800 yards last season, and its entire offensive line. Meanwhile, both Toledo and Ball State return their starting quarterbacks and players at skill positions, making them


a crime, according to court records. The investigation began when CMU’s information technology staff noticed a large amount of data being transmitted from a single computer on the network. After tracking the source of transmission, IT disconnected Merrill’s computer from the Internet in hopes that the user would contact IT for support, according to an affidavit. After further

CONTINUED FROM 1 Merrill was charged Nov. 8 in Isabella County with a four-count felony, consisting of one count of possession of sexually abusive material, one count of distributing or promoting child sexually abusive activity and two counts of using a computer to commit

“I’ve never had a student who left here unsatisfied. (The camp) is to serve kids who want to be leaders in their school, community and world.” Todd Burlingham, director of student services, Michigan Association of Student Councils and Honor Societies them leave as a cohesive group,” he said. “There’s not a lot of money in what we do, but there’s a lot of heart and passion.” The organization drew students from 18 different middle schools this year, for “Jam Camp,” where students engaged in various team building exercises, split up and integrated with students of different schools. Burlingham said that the program, which will host 56 high schools next week, has a “100-percent” success rate for teaching children to be leaders and team players. “I’ve never had a student who left here unsatisfied,” and passed with widespread support lawmakers in both parties, the act cut loan rates from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent. After passing a one-year extension last year, the law expired and rates doubled to their earlier amount after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise deal. The increase affected nearly seven million students and angered some at CMU. “Education is our future and this was really shortsighted, crushing people before they can contribute,” Clare senior Stephen Bott said. Other students were outraged at the increase as they are already struggling with mounting debt and are not guaranteed employment after college. “Racking up loans is not fun,” Romulus senior Kaela Torres said. “And paying off loans is a damper on my day. A job isn’t even guaranteed after you graduate.”

he said. “(The camp) is to serve kids who want to be leaders in their school, community and world.” Local educators serve as senior councilors, and volunteer college students from across the state serve as junior councilors to lead the camps, MASC’s flagship program, according to Burlingham. “It’s amazing, each kid has their own story,” said junior counselor Josh Wranosky, 19, a Macomb Community College student. “It’s a very unique experience.”

The U.S. advanced to the final where it beat Russia 90-71 and finished 8-0 in the tournament. “The stage just kept getting bigger and bigger, and I’m glad I was able to produce on the biggest stage,” Bradford said. With the summer coming to an end and new season just around the corner, head coach Sue Guevara is looking at Bradford’s improvement. “She’s done some really great things for our program. I think just watching CB from when she came here in the summer of her freshman year to now has been a maturation process,” Guevara said. “The realization that dreams really can come true. She has really grown to the part of being very committed.” Bradford is also looking to use her experiences over the summer to influence her

team next season “I’m definitely not satisfied,” she said. “Over the past six months I have been very happy with my accomplishments. Now that I’m back and I’ve learned things from USA Basketball, I just want to bring my knowledge and reiterate it to my teammates. I want to be more of a leader. I think I was a leader on the court my first two years, but I want to be more of an allaround leader. I want to have a well-rounded game and be a well-rounded person.” Though the past six months have been Bradford’s best, there is still more to come. “These last six months have been really good, but I’m looking forward to the next six months,” Guevara said.

“She’s done some really great things for our program. I think just watching CB from when she came here in the summer of her freshman year to now has been a maturation process. The realization that dreams really can come true.” Sue Guevara, women’s basketball head coach

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more reliable offensively given CMU’s uncertainty at quarterback. “At the end of the day, the league is tough and all three of those teams (NIU, Toledo, Ball State) are very good and are going to be tough to beat. I don’t think it’s because anyone is overlooking us, they’re probably looking at us and saying, ‘Hey, they got a lot of guys back, but they don’t know who their quarterback is.’ “Those are all fair assessments, but we also play in a very tough side of our league.”

inspection of his computer, an IT worker discovered images and videos of child pornography. Merrill was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Isabella County Trial Court on a four-count felony relating to child porn, but federal prosecutors served a warrant for his arrest. He was then sent to Bay City.

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CMU graduate student Margo Recla reads from an anatomy textbook in her one-bedroom apartment Tuesday afternoon in the Graduate Apartments East Building, 510 E Bellows St.

The East building’s main lobby, 510 E Bellows St.

Home sweet home

Mount Pleasant resident Curtis Leachman was sentenced to 45 to 80 years in prison Friday for the second degree murder of Tyrone Curtis Leachman Stanley. Stanley, 20, was stabbed by Leachman, 25, with a seven-inch knife on Nov. 24 following a series of altercations in a pair of S. Main Street apartments. Leachman was sentenced by Judge Mark Duthie at Isabella County Trial Court, 200 N. Main St. A jury found Leachman guilty of murder on May 23. Throughout the trial, defense attorney Thomas Weiss told the jury Leachman’s actions were preformed out of self defense and that his client was fearing for his life. Isabella County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert Holmes said Leachman had enough time to consider stabbing and that the door at the end of the hallway at the apartment building would have served as a means to leave the altercation. - CM Life staff reports



CMU grad students Jordan Ness, left, talks with his roommate Peter Rechenberg Tuesday evening in the Graduate Apartments East Building. The graduate housing complex’s architectural style was designed to fit in with the older buildings on north campus, with both the exteriors and interiors of the buildings similar to Barnard Hall, an old dormitory on campus that was demolished in 1997.

Both East and West graduate apartments are equipped with rescue assistance intercoms throughout the apartment complex for emergencies.

Graduate Housing Complex open to students; modeled after Barnard Hall


By Ryan Zuke | Staff Reporter

fter just three months, Chelsea Boelens said she and her roommate could not be happier about living in the newly opened Graduate Housing Complex on north campus. Boelens and Katie Goodwin live in a two-bedroom apartment in the East Building, 510 E. Bellows St., which opened on May 1. The West Building, 410 E. Bellows St., opened on July 17. “We love it,” Boelens said. “I think the design is really cool. That’s one of the things that attracted me (to live here). It looked nice and obviously location was a huge thing for us.” Both Boelens and Goodwin are in the physical assistant graduate program, and all of their classes are in the Health Professions Building. “It is literally a three minute walk to class,” Boelens said. “It’s nice because you don’t have to worry about driving or parking on campus.” The housing complex features one, two and four person apartments, with spacious living areas and air-conditioning. Each unit also includes many amenities. “Beyond the apartment amenities of landline ethernet ports or wireless capabilities in each apartment, washer/dryer in every unit, individual climate controls in each apartment and a full kitchen

in each unit—these apartments are within walking distance to all campus buildings,” Nathan Tomson, manager of CMU University Apartments, wrote in an email. “There are even meeting/study rooms on the first floor of each building, public restroom facilities for guests and a fitness center for the residents as well.” A one-bedroom apartment is $700/month furnished and $665 unfurnished, while a two-bedroom is $480/month per student for a furnished place and $445 for an unfurnished one. The four-bedroom apartments are $350/month per student for a furnished place and $315 unfurnished. There are 94 rooms and 164 beds available, and all of them have been assigned for the fall. However, few residents have moved in yet. The total budget for the project was $28.5 million, and although the entire project is not completed yet, Tomson said he thinks the final budget will come in on budget. There is still construction going on to expand the parking lot. The housing complex’s architectural style was designed to fit in with the older buildings on north campus, with the outside of the buildings modeled after Barnard Hall, an old dormitory on campus that was demolished in 1997.


CMU grad students Chelsea Boelens, left, plays a game of cards with her roommate Katie Goodwin in their two bedroom apartment Tuesday afternoon in the Graduate Apartments East Building. Both Boelens and Goodwin are enrolled in the Physical Assistant Graduate Program with all of their classes located in the Health Professions Building. “It’s great because all of the residents are grad students,” Boelens said. “We all have the same mindset: to be very studious.”

“We love it. I think the design is really cool. That’s one of the things that attracted me (to live here).” Chelsea Boelens, graduate student, on Grad Housing Complex “The windows and roof peaks were some of the most striking features of Barnard Hall, and the design team worked hard to construct grad housing to look similar to Barnard Hall,” Tomson said. The university is also hoping to get the buildings Leadership in Energy and, Environmental Design Platinum-certified. This is the highest certification offered through LEED and would be the first residential housing building certified in the state of Michigan.

Tomson said the grad housing is on track to attain that distinction, but the final word on the certification will not come until later in the fall semester. Factors that go into the certification include the construction methods, building materials used, appliances used in units, the outside landscaping and lighting inside and outside the building.

Washington Street housing ready for fall semester By Ryan Zuke Staff Reporter

Construction that began May 1 on three new houses on Washington Street will be completed by the time classes begin in the fall. The houses are located between Clayton and Bellows streets. The builder and developer for all the projects, Joe Olivieri, said the 3-4 month timetable he had to build is standard compared to other construction projects he has headed in the past. “I’ve been doing this for 37 years, so that’s pretty much what my summers have always been like — building apartments or housing after the school year and getting them done before school starts,” he said. Two houses were demolished to create space for new ones, 1008 and 1010 S. Washington St., while 1006 S. Washington St. is being built on land that was previously used as an overflow


Construction workers put up ladders while working one of the many housing developments Tuesday morning at 1010 Washington St. Olivieri Management is updating both apartments and houses down Washington Street.

parking lot for apartment tenants at 1020 S. Washington St. “What was there had reached the point where, it would take so much money to fix them up, it

was better spending the money to tear them down and build them new,” Olivieri said. The house at 1008 S. Washington St. will be able to house nine

occupants, an increase from five occupants at the previous house. The house at 1010 S. Washington St. was built for nine occupants, an increase from the six allowed previously. Olivieri said he thinks the houses will be a major hit for students. “Everyone likes new,” he said. “People like new cars, people like new clothes and people like new houses. They’re more energy efficient and they’re just nicer overall. They have nicer bathrooms, larger bedrooms, better parking, better trash facilities and the biggest single thing is location. People like to live close to where they work, and for a college student, it’s the same thing (living close to school).” United Apartments will own and manage the three new houses, but owner Rick McGuirk declined to comment because of company policy.


OWNER OF HAPPY’S PIZZA INDICTED WITH TAX FRAUD Happy’s Pizza owner Happy Asker and four other company leaders have been indicted by a grand jury with tax fraud, obstruction and other charges by the U.S. District Court. Asker and two other employees are accused of maintaining two different sets of record, underreporting payroll expenses and failing to report to the IRS. According to the 62-count indictment, the scheme was known as the “Profit Split Scheme” within the Happy’s Pizza franchises. It is unclear how Mount Pleasant’s Happy’s Pizza location, 1218 S. Mission Road, has been or will be affected. Managers at the Mount Pleasant location were unavailable for comment. The indictment also states that from 2004 to 2011, Happy’s Pizza paid around $2.1 million in unreported wages to shareholders and employees. Filing false tax returns and obstruction carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Asker, along with two other men who are charged with conspiracy, can face up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted. - Neil Rosan, staff reporter


CMU RECEIVES AWARD FOR DIVERSITY PROGRAM Central Michigan University’s Excellence Through Inclusion program, which was created in 2007 to promote diversity and to prevent offensive acts on campus, has been given national honors. It recently received the 2013 Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The campaign used posters, workshops, speakers and video, among other things, to promote diversity and inclusion at CMU, according to a news release. “This was a campaign on campus to examine intergroup relations and increase the level of cultural competency among staff,” CMU human resources faculty Amy McGinnis said in the release. “We used real-life scenarios and incidents happening at CMU in order to spark that dialogue.” - CM Life Staff Reports



Hall of Fame coach Guthrie named new CMU director By Neil Rosan Staff Reporter

Mark Guthrie has been named Central Michigan University’s director of track and field and cross country. Guthrie, who signed a contract that pays him $85,000 a year for five years, won 22 NCAA Division III titles at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008. He has also coached 46 NCAA individual champions who won 66 titles during his time at La Crosse. Guthrie also coached Olympic gold medalist Andrew Rock during his time at La Crosse. “I always wanted to be a coach at the Division I level,” he said. “Even though we had success at UW-La Crosse in Division III, there is a difference between Division I.” Guthrie left UW-La Crosse after 19 seasons for Wisconsin, where he served under legendary head coach Ed Nuttycombe for last six seasons. “I knew I had to spend some time with a good mentor,” he said. CMU Athletic Director Dave Heeke cited Guthrie’s coaching history as a reason for getting the job. “We are really pleased to have landed Mark. He has tremendous experience and background which quickly vaulted him to the top of the list,” he said. “He understands he can come here and be successful. He wants to win and we think we can do that here. He thought there was the right connection here at CMU and that he can build something very special here.” Guthrie said he hopes to make CMU proud to have a track and field program. “We need to reestablish a great foundation, and that starts with coaching staff which will meet later this week,” he said. “Then, we need to get on the road and start recruiting hard from the coaching aspect. As for the student athletes, we need to get them in and talk to them about what the expectations and goals are. Central Michigan has been good in track. We just need to reignite that fire and get back to where (CMU) is proud to have their track program.” After five track and field athletes had a fallout with ex-director Willie Randolph last season, Guthrie said all the athletes are welcomed back. “I can’t comment on what happened before, but I have an open door policy,” he said. “I want to talk to the kids one-onone and find out what they are all about. Track’s one thing, but life is something different. We need to figure out what makes them tick and why they are happy, why they are here and what their goals are.”

Mark Guthrie

“I always wanted to be a coach at the Division I level. Even though we had success at UW-La Crosse in Division III, there is a difference between Division I.”

Wednesday, July 24, 2013




On Oct. 27, 2012, junior running back Zurlon Tipton slips through the Akron defense during the first half of the game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.



On Dec. 26, 2012, junior defensive back Avery Cunningham tackles Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews during the first half of the Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field.

Enos has his players, now he has to win in fourth season


On Nov. 3, 2012, Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos yells to his offense during the first half of the game against Western Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. CMU lost to their rival Broncos 42-31. By Jeff Papworth Staff Reporter

DETROIT — The fourth season for a head football coach is when the roots of a program are deeply entrenched and a program can blossom. Head coach Dan Enos’ former boss, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, won 11 games and a Big Ten Championship in his fourth year after tallying seven, nine and six wins in his first three seasons. It is now time to see what Enos, entering his fourth year, will do at Central Michigan after having time to garner most of the tools he needs for his scheme. Nearly all Chippewas, except redshirt seniors, were personally sought after by the current coaching staff, or at least asked to stay on board when it comes to the

2010 recruiting class. “I say this to my staff all the time, I’m a general manager too. I’m not just the head coach,” Enos said. “I think in college football, one of the biggest jobs a coach has is going out there and making sure we bring in our people.” It was easy for him to find growth in the team he has cultivated through the years. “I see growth and development in all phases,” he said. “I see more depth. I see bigger guys. I see bigger defensive line.” He said an aspect that is fairly new to the program is younger players are able to redshirt and veterans are in starting positions. “We’re working extremely hard and we’re very thorough in who we bring in,” he said. “It’s fun watching these guys grow and develop.”

What does the quarterback battle mean for CMU? Managing Editor Kris Lodes explains at Senior defensive back Avery Cunningham signed to play for CMU for the 2011 season 11 days after Enos was introduced as head coach. He has also seen the growth the team and within himself. “The character of the team (has grown). A lot of character changes,” he said. “I think I’ve became a mature football player.” The changes in terms of win/ loss record started last year. The Chippewas were on the verge of another 3-9 season after it lost six of its first nine games. But, CMU finished off the season winning four-straight to earn

a record of 7-6, ending the season on a positive note with a win in the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit. “You definitely feel more comfortable going into the season now,” said senior running back Zurlon Tipton. “It’s kind of hard to bounce back from a 3-9 season.” Tipton and Enos agree the team cannot be satisfied though. “The play from last year has nothing to do with this year. We start anew. We’ve got to work. We’ve got to provide leadership,” Enos said. “We’ve got to do all of those things.”

Cunningham, Tipton look to fill leadership roles By Seth Newman Staff Reporter

DETROIT — Leaders are in need for Central Michigan football following the departures of wide receiver Cody Wilson and defensive back Jahleel Addae. Whoever steps up will have big shoes to fill. Wilson ranks third in CMU program history in receptions and fifth in receiving yards. He earned a level of All-Mid American Conference honors in three of the four years he played at CMU. Meanwhile, Addae earned a level of All-MAC in three out of the four years he played at CMU, was selected as the 2011-12 CMU defensive player of the year and was tied for first in the MAC with four interceptions in 2012. Senior defensive back Avery Cunningham expects to replace the leadership that Addae brought. “Absolutely, I expect to be a leader,” Cunningham said. “Me and (linebacker) Shamari Benton expect to be the main guys back there. We want to build off last year from our bowl win to a MAC championship.” The versatile Cunningham started all 13 games last year and finished the season with 88 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick. On the offensive end, senior running back Zurlon Tipton is expected to carry the role of leader as well as the ball. “Usually, I let my playing do the talking,” Tipton said. “But these coaches want more of a vocal guy, and I can step into that role. Half


On Oct. 20, 2012, junior defensive back Avery Cunningham hits Ball State sophomore wide receiver Willie Snead, forcing a fumble during the first half of the homecoming game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

the team already looks up to me, so I figure if I can get the other half on board we will be fine.” In 2012, Tipton became the first CMU running back to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark since Ontario Sneed did it in 2005. His 20 total touchdowns rank second in a single season for a Chippewa. Head coach Dan Enos brought what he thought the new leaders

would be for his football team this year to MAC media day. “Two of the leaders are right here today with me,” Enos said. “We have Shamari Benton and (defensive end) Kenny McClendon that can step up on defense. We got a lot of guys who have played a lot of football back.” Experience figures to play an important role for the team’s lead-

ers this year. “You got guys like (wide receivers) Titus Davis and Andrew Flory,” Enos said. “Those guys have all started some games before. We aren’t concerned with this team, even though we lost two tremendous leaders. I know these guys are going to take the reins.”

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Running back Zurlon Tipton named preseason candidate for Doak Walker Award By Aaron McMann Staff Reporter


On Nov. 10, 2012, running back Zurlon Tipton breaks through the Eastern Michigan defense during the second half of the game at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti.

The preseason accolades keep coming for Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton. On Thursday, Tipton, a senior from Detroit, was named one of 63 preseason candidates for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, presented by the PwC Athletic Forum at Southern Methodist University to the nation’s top running back. Tipton is the only running back from the state of Michigan and one of seven players from the Mid-American Conference on the list. It is the second preseason honor for Tipton, who was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on July 8, another postseason award to the nation’s top running back.

While leading the Chippewas’ rushing attack last season, Tipton finished fourth in the MAC in total yards (1,492) and 14th nationally in yards per game (115.1). He was the first running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Ontario Sneed in 2005. Tipton was named second-team All-MAC in Athlon Sports’ preseason college football magazine, while Phil Steele has him third-team All-MAC.


CMU’s top wide receiver, Titus Davis, is also receiving some preseason national recognition. On Tuesday, the junior receiver was one of 75 players named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the

nation’s top receiver. He is one of three players from the state (Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge and Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon) on the list. Davis led the Chippewas in receiving last season with 860 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games, averaging more than 71 yards per game. It earned him second-team All-MAC status. He was suspended (violating team rules) for CMU’s bowl game, a 24-21 win over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit. In his preseason college football magazine, Phil Steele has Davis first-team All-MAC at receiver. CMU opens the 2013 season Aug. 31 at Michigan.


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