Mid-American RUMORS & NEWS

  • Western Michigan hires Tim Lester as head coach

    Detroit Free Press "Tim Lester is the next football coach for Western Michigan, the school announced Friday night. He replaces P.J. Fleck, who left last week to coach Minnesota. Lester, 39, served as Purdue's quarterbacks coach this past season. Before that he was offensive coordinator for two seasons at..." January 14

  • Minnesota expected to hire P.J. Fleck as coach

    SI "The University of Minnesota is expected to hire P.J. Fleck as its new coach, according to a source. The two sides are working on a deal, which could be finalized as early as Friday morning. Fleck led Western Michigan to an undefeated regular season and MAC title this year before losing in the..." January 06

  • No. 8 Wisconsin hands Western Michigan 1st loss

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- As far as consolation prizes go, winning the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic wasn't a bad one for No. 8 Wisconsin. "It means a ton," Badgers coach Paul Chryst said. "This is the last time this team plays together and to be able to get a win against a good team, I'm really..." January 02

  • Mississippi State wins St. Petersburg Bowl on blocked FG

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Miami (Ohio) Redhawks were one kick away from turning an 0-6 start to the 2016 season into a 7-6 finish with a bowl victory over an SEC program. However, Mississippi State defensive tackle Nelson Adams had other ideas. Adams blocked a 37-yard field goal..." December 26

  • Troy hangs on to defeat Ohio in Dollar General Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "MOBILE, Ala. -- Justin Lucas could have easily turned down the opportunity to sign with Troy when he was looking for a place to transfer to out of Eastern Mississippi, where he had won two junior college national titles. Late Friday night, the senior linebacker had no regrets about his..." December 24

  • Washington leads Old Dominion to 1st bowl win

    The Sports Xchange "When Bobby Wilder was hired to guide Old Dominion's football program eight years ago, his to-do list was a bit more extensive than most coaches. "I had to find a notepad, a pen, an office," he said. "We didn't have anything." From that humble start, the Monarchs progressed to the point..." December 23

  • Tulsa routs Central Michigan in Miami Beach Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Tulsa wide receiver Josh Atkinson revealed on Monday night that his team has wristbands that say, "Tulsa versus Everybody." The way the Golden Hurricane played on Monday afternoon in a 55-10 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas in the third annual Miami Beach Bowl, it looked like..." December 19

  • P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan close on extension

    Detroit News "Football coach P.J. Fleck and Western Michigan University are in active negotiations on a contract extension that is close to becoming finalized, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The source requested anonymity because the contract hasn't yet been announced. Fleck..." December 08

  • Unbeaten Western Michigan hangs on to win MAC title

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- P.J. Fleck doesn't see any way his Western Michigan team can be denied a New Year's Six bowl berth. The No. 13 Broncos held off Ohio 29-23 in the Mid-American Conference championship game on Friday night at Ford Field to remain one of two undefeated FBS teams along with No. 1..." December 02

  • No. 21 Western Michigan beats Toledo, stays unbeaten

    The Sports Xchange "Unbeaten Western Michigan is hanging out with some elite company these days. The Broncos are sharing the stratosphere with the only other FBS team that has been perfect this season and that team resides in Tuscaloosa, Ala. It's hard to believe that in P.J. Fleck's first season, No. 21..." November 25