Demetrius Dew Posted October 22, 2008 Share Posted October 22, 2008 Perles wants Wolverines to play in Motor City Bowl'We'd love to have them,' game's CEO says of U-M, which must win four to be bowl-eligible.FARMINGTON HILLS -- Former Michigan State coach George Perles is changing his colors and becoming a Michigan fan.Hang on, hang on. That's going to happen after Saturday's annual rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State.Perles, who coached the Spartans from 1983-1994, is founder and CEO of the Motor City Bowl played Dec. 26 at Ford Field. The Bowl features the No. 1 selection from the MAC and the No. 7 team from the Big Ten."We'd love to have them," Perles said of the Wolverines (2-5) on Tuesday during a Michigan-Michigan State function sponsored by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters at Ginopolis restaurant. "We want them in our game."Michigan, which has been in 33 straight bowl games, would be contractually obligated to play in the Motor City Bowl if the Wolverines earn the required six victories and assuming co-bowl founders Perles and Ken Hoffman select them."They would have to go," Perles said. "They have no choice."Ford Field capacity is 65,000 for football, but the 2006 Super Bowl set a stadium record with an attendance of 80,103. He is confident the Michigan faithful would attend the game."There's a lot of people who want to go to Michigan games but can't get tickets," he said. "They would go downtown to Detroit to watch."WMU has 'bowl-type' gameTim Hiller and Jamarko Simmons were at Ford Field Tuesday afternoon to promote Western Michigan's upcoming game there (Nov. 8, noon) against Illinois.Hiller and Simmons could one day be playing on that same field on Sundays in the NFL. But, right now they are working hard to make the Broncos (6-2) a force in college football.They are one of the top quarterback-receiver combinations in the country.Simmons, a Flint native, leads the nation in receptions (66). Hiller ranks first nationally in completions (231) and attempts (336), third in TD passes (25) and fifth in passing yards (2,517).The WMU-Illinois game has a bowl-type quality with a Mid-American Conference team going up against a Big Ten team. Purdue defeated Central Michigan 51-48 in last year's Motor City Bowl."It does feel like a bowl-type game," Hiller said. "We're playing a BCS conference team in a great venue. It's a game you look forward to playing. I'm excited about it.""Our kids deserve this," WMU coach Bill Cubit said of the game against Illinois (4-3). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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