#BOWLBOUND: FOLLOW THE HILLTOPPERS IN DETROIT
DAY ONE (DECEMBER 23, 2012)
HEADING TO DETROIT
The Hilltoppers enjoyed an early-morning team breakfast in the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Stadium Club before departing for the Bowling Green Regional Airport to fly out to Detroit. The team landed in Detroit at 1:15 PM (ET). The players and coaches will enjoy a few hours in the hotel before heading to the Thunderbowl Lanes in Detroit for a bowling event with Central Michigan to kick off the bowl festivities. Pictures and videos of the full event will be posted at the conclusion.
THUNDERBOWL TEAM EVENT
WKU and Central Michigan took part in a team bowling event on the first night in Detroit. Players from both schools took part in the competition to kick off the festivities at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. While the players were bowling, members of the WKU coaching staff and adminstration took part in the VIP Dinner at the Henry Ford Museum. Below is a picture gallery and a video of the team bowling event.
DAY TWO (DECEMBER 24, 2012)
A CHRISTMAS EVE PRACTICE
WKU players and coaches got right to work on Christmas Eve morning, practicing for over an hour at Ford Field. It was the first time WKU had stepped foot in the NFL stadium since arriving in Detroit for the bowl game. Following practice, select players and coaches visited with members of the media to preview Wednesday's game against Central Michigan. Following the practice, the Hilltoppers will enjoy some down time at the hotel before heading over to the Motor City Hotel for the Bowl Kickoff Luncheon for both teams. Check back later this afternoon for a full recap, including videos and pictures. Go Tops!
The 2012 BOWL KICKOFF LUNCHEON
Following an early-morning practice at Ford Field, the WKU players, coaches and staff went to the Motor City Hotel for the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Kickoff Luncheon. Both teams were treated to an excellent lunch, as well as a speech from former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, among others. WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart and interim head coach Lance Guidry also spoke to the large crowd in the Soundboard Room. The lunch lasted nearly two hours. Following the program, the WKU players and coaches went right back to work, taking part in meetings all afternoon, before preparing for dinner.
DAY THREE (DECEMBER 25, 2012)
WKU GIVES BACK ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
WKU coaches, administrators and the entire senior class went out to the Salvation Army in Detroit to serve breakfast for an hour on Christmas morning. The WKU staff and players spent time serving those in attendance. That event marked the second time in the last week that the Hilltoppers have helped serve meals at the Salvation Army, as the entire team took part in the Little Caesars Love Kitchen last week in Bowling Green.
CHRISTMAS PICTURE AT FORD FIELD
The entire WKU group went to Ford Field on Christmas morning to take a team picture following time at the Salvation Army and brief walk-through at the hotel. The players donned new jerseys for the first time. The special jerseys will be worn for the first time in a game on Wednesday when WKU takes on Central Michigan. The players, coaches and staff members spent an hour at Ford Field on Christmas morning taking pictures and enjoying the time together. The team will also have a special Christmas lunch back at the hotel.
DAY FOUR (DECEMBER 26, 2012)
After over a month of preparation and waiting, it is finally gameday in Detroit. The players enjoyed a team breakfast in the morning before breaking for meetings this afternoon before heading over to Ford Field this evening. The WKU fan buses left Bowling Green early this morning and the players are excited to see the large WKU crowd at Ford Field for tonight's game. There are plenty of storylines tonight, but one of the biggest is the possibility of WKU running back Antonio Andrews breaking Barry Sanders' all-purpose record. Andrews needs just 274 yards to break the record tonight.