Central Michigan football continues to schedule ambitiously, announcing Thursday that it will play at Penn State on Sept. 24, 2022.
The game, which will net CMU a $1.5 million payday, will be the second meeting between the schools, after Penn State won, 40-3, in 2005.
To add Penn State to the schedule, Central Michigan has pushed back its game against Illinois. That game was supposed to be in 2022, but now will be in 2024, on Sept. 14.
Central Michigan opens this season at Kentucky, and also will play host to Kansas and visits Michigan State; in 2019, it is set to play Wisconsin and Miami (Fla.); in 2020, Nebraska and Northwestern; in 2021, Missouri and LSU; in 2022, Oklahoma State and Penn State; in 2023, Alabama; and in 2024, Illinois. There';s also a home-and-home series with Wyoming, scheduled for 2026 and 2027.
The Chippewas have beaten a Power Five team in three of the previous four seasons, including Kansas last year, then-No. 22 Oklahoma State (in controversial fashion) in 2016 and Purdue in 2014.
Central Michigan was 8-5 last season, and has made a bowl game in each of coach John Bonamego's three seasons. The Chippewas, breaking in a new starting quarterback following the departure of Shane Morris, were picked to finish fifth in the six-team Mid-American Conference West Division, according to the preseason media poll.
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►Former Detroit Mercy basketball standout Kam Chatman has signed to play professionally in Turkey, joining Pınar Karşıyaka of the Basketbol Süper Ligi. Chatman began his career at Michigan, then transferred to Detroit Mercy, where he played a single season before declaring early for the NBA Draft. The swingman was second-team All-Horizon League last season, averaging 17.8 points and 8.3 rebounds.
►Interesting hire for the Davenport baseball team, which added former major-leaguer Brent Gates to its coaching staff. The Grandville native and Grand Rapids Sports Hall-of-Famer played six seasons in MLB, in the 1990s, with the A's, Mariners and Twins. He batted .264 with 25 homers and 279 RBIs as a utility infielder. He's previously coached some high-school ball, and recently was a scout with the Rays.