2000 Central Michigan Chippewas football team

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2000 Central Michigan Chippewas football
Central Michigan Chippewas logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West Division
2000 record 2–9 (2–6 MAC)
Head coach Mike DeBord (1st season)
MVP Brian Leigeb
Home stadium Kelly/Shorts Stadium
Seasons
← 1999
2001 →
2000 Mid-American Conference football standings
Div     Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L         W   L  
East Division
Marshall xy$   5 1         5 3         8 5  
Akron x   5 1         5 3         6 5  
Ohio   4 2         5 3         7 4  
Miami   4 2         5 3         6 5  
Bowling Green   1 5         2 6         2 9  
Buffalo   2 4         2 6         2 9  
Kent State   0 6         1 7         1 10  
West Division
Western Michigan xy   4 1         7 1         9 3  
Toledo x   4 1         6 1         10 1  
Northern Illinois   2 3         4 3         6 5  
Ball State   2 3         4 3         5 6  
Eastern Michigan   2 3         2 5         3 8  
Central Michigan   1 4         2 6         2 9  
Championship: Marshall 19, Western Michigan 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Due to an unbalanced conference schedule, the team with best division record within each division was awarded that division's championship game berth.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Mike DeBord, the Chippewas compiled a 2–9 record (2–6 against MAC opponents), finished in last place in the MAC's West Division, and were outscored by their opponents, 376 to 137.[1][2] The team played its home games in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan,[3] with attendance of 94,949 in five home games.[4] The team set a single season school record with 90 punts, and Brian Brandt set a school record with 87 punts.[5]

The team's statistical leaders included Derrick Vickers with 1,059 passing yards, Vince Webber with 458 rushing yards, and David Hannah with 411 receiving yards.[6] Senior defensive back Brian Leigeb set a single game school record with 26 tackles against Northern Illinois on November 18, 2000, totaled 147 tackles for the season, set a school record with 490 career tackles, and was selected as the team's most valuable player.[7]

On December 1, 1999, Mike DeBord was hired as Central Michigan's head football coach. He had previously served as Michigan's offensive coordinator. DeBord was given a four-year contract with an annual base salary of $120,000.[8]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 2at Purdue*L 0–48
September 9AkronW 17–7
September 16at Wyoming*L 10–31
September 23Boise State*
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 10–47
September 30at ToledoL 0–41
October 7Kent State
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 21–24(OT)
October 21at OhioL 3–52
October 28Ball State
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 34–38
November 4at Eastern Michigan (rivalry)L 15–31
November 11Western Michigan (rivalry)
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 21–17
November 17at Northern IllinoisL 6–40
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000 Central Michigan Chippewas Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 114. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Football Facilities". Central Michigan University. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 87.
  5. ^ 2015 Media Guide, pp. 82, 85.
  6. ^ "2000 Central Michigan Chippewas Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ 2015 Media Guide, pp. 80, 82, 84, 95.
  8. ^ Michael Rosenberg (December 3, 1999). "DeBord on board at CMU: U-M offensive coordinator named head football coach". Detroit Free Press. p. 1E.