Team preview: Central Michigan

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
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Something has to give in Mount Pleasant this fall.

First-year head coach Brian Kelly is not used to losing. In fact, in 13 seasons at NCAA Division II Grand Valley State University he never had a losing season.

In 2002 and '03, Kelly's squads won the D-II national title, and he departed for CMU in late December with a lifetime record of 118-35-2.

The Chippewas have been at the opposite end of the football spectrum, posting only one winning season, 6-5 in 1998, over the last decade.

For a football program that has the 20th best winning percentage (.613, 521-323-34) of all NCAA Division I-A schools since 1896, these are hard times.