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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Mid-American hates Toledo


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

There is no MAC team in the last 40 years that has been as successful as Toledo. It boasts 10 MAC championships, seven West Division titles, an 8-2 record in major bowls and was the first MAC team to have a player finish in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy (quarterback Chuck Ealey finished eighth in 1971)

The Rockets lost just nine conference games from 2000-2005. The coach goes by "Toledo Tom" Amstutz.

The last couple years haven't been nearly as kind. The Rockets have stumbled to consecutive 5-7 seasons much to the delight of the rest of the conference, because who doesn't like to kick a good team while it's down?

If the MAC is looking for a new team to dislike, Mount Pleasant, Mich., might be a nice place to start. Central Michigan has won the MAC each of the last two seasons and its quarterback was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2006 and MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2007. Central Michigan's love affair with its quarterback is so great it was posterized on a 60-by-30-foot billboard on the back of the scoreboard at Comerica Field in Detroit.

Did I mention the MAC's media days are Tuesday in Detroit, and that there's a big unveiling ceremony for the billboard? By revealing the billboard, Central Michigan is not only campaigning for the school and the Heisman and All-American status for its QB, it's also campaigning for the MAC's new most hated team.