Central State Homecoming to feature football gameOctober 12, 2001
One of the highlights of this year's homecoming celebration at Central State University this weekend will be a football game. No, it won't be the Marauders who won three NAIA National Football Championships during the 90's before the program was shut down in the spnng of 1997. Instead, the Central Ohio Lions frpm nearby Washington Court House will take on the Battle Creek (MI) Rage in a Lakeshore Semi-Pro Football League playoff game.
The Lions defeated the Rage the opening week of the season and hope for a repeat victory to keep their undefeated record in tact. Several members of the Lions did play their college ball at Central State. They include 6'2" 320 pound Defensive Tackle Ken Goodrum along with 6'1" linebacker Damon Pugh, who played for the Marauders on their 1995 National Championship team.
The game is being sponsored by the CSU General Alumni Association as a fund-raiser in the effort to bring football back to CSU. The Board of Trustees of Central State voted in June to accept a proposal by President John Garland to bring back the football program. One important part of the plan was that $1.5 million would he raised by outside sources to initially fund the program.
The alumni are hoping to raise the initial amount of money with events such as this game so that the search for a new head coach can begin.
There is excitement across the campus. The many alumni and friends of the university are talking about coming back to homecoming this year. The attendance the past several years had dropped significantly due to the lack of a central event during the weekend.
Game time is 2:00 Saturday October 13, 2001 in McPherson Stadium. Following the game will be the annual Battle of the Bands.