Central Michigan football coach Jim McElwain speaks to the media on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
Detroit Free Press
ADRIAN — Win or lose, Adrian College football coach Jim Deere didn’t really care.
OK, he wanted to win. But considering the circumstances, encompassed by the COVID-19 pandemic, an unexpected emotion of bliss overcame him as he walked off the field Saturday afternoon at Docking Stadium, even though his team lost, 44-27, to Trine University (Indiana).
“At least I have the opportunity to be disappointed,” Deere said Saturday. “A lot of teams don’t get that chance. I had a chance to be satisfied with a victory; I had a chance to be disappointed. I’ll take either one of those in the world of COVID right now.”
Drive 90 minutes southwest of Detroit, and you’ll enter the town of Adrian. That’s where NCAA Division III Adrian College, with a total of 1,865 students, resides. The school has 48 sports teams — from bass fishing to football — and about 1,100 of those students proudly apply the athlete (and band) tag to their status.
On Saturday, Adrian became the first team in Michigan to play a college football game in the 2020-21 academic year. The Bulldogs have three scheduled games this fall, followed by a full conference slate this spring in conjunction with the MIAA.
“Expecting the worst but always ready to play,” said junior quarterback Jack Wurzer, who completed 11-of-28 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns. “I like to think of this as like an NFL preseason. This is for fun. We’re grateful that we can play … and I think it’s going to lead up to the spring really good.”
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