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2016 Schedule
13-1, 1st in MAC - West
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8dDarren Rovell

New coach Fleck can 'Row the Boat' with Gophers

P.J. Fleck will be able to use "Row the Boat" with the Golden Gophers after his agent reached an agreement with Western Michigan, which had trademarked the phrase.

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9dTodd McShay

McShay's Top 32: Tight race for No. 1 WR

The gap between Clemson's Mike Williams and Western Michigan's Corey Davis has narrowed in Todd McShay's latest prospect rankings for the 2017 NFL draft.

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22dAdam Schefter

Draft WR prospect Davis had surgery on ankle

Wide receiver Corey Davis, who set an FBS record with 5,285 yards in his collegiate career at Western Michigan, underwent ankle surgery last month and won't run at the combine.

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28dAdam Rittenberg

Entrance exam: Grading the college football coaching hires

Time -- and wins and losses -- will ultimately tell if the hires during this coaching cycle made the dean's list, but it's not too early to review how the new 21 head coaches are doing so far.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Western Michigan is hiring former Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Johns spent the past six seasons in a coordinator role at Indiana and also worked with the Hoosiers' wide receivers and quarterbacks. FootballScoop.com first reported Johns' hiring at Western Michigan. Really good move for new Broncos coach Tim Lester.

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WMU hires Purdue assistant Lester as new coach

Western Michigan has hired former Purdue assistant Tim Lester as its football head coach. Lester, a star quarterback at WMU, will take over for newly minted Minnesota coach, P.J. Fleck.

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Broncos slip to No. 17 in final rankings

Western Michigan drops three spots in the wake of its Cotton Bowl defeat. That takes little shine off a season in which the Broncos mowed through the MAC (and much of the Big Ten) to become the class of the Group of 5. Power Rankings

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Final AP Poll: Broncos finish at No. 15

Western Michigan's perfect season ended with a 24-16 loss to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl. The Broncos are one of three Group of 5 schools to make the final ranking. Final AP Poll

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Fleck calls it 'a dream' to coach in Big Ten (1:27)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Some possible candidates for Western Michigan: Grand Valley State head coach Matt Mitchell, Northwestern running backs coach Matt MacPherson, Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten, Western Michigan special teams coordinator Rob Wenger.

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Brown, May think Fleck will succeed at Minnesota (0:41)
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51dTed Miller

Let's rerank the New Year's Six teams

Now that the College Football Playoff National Championship is set and there is a clear No. 1 and No. 2, it's time we took another look at the 12 teams selected to play in the New Year's Six.

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Wisconsin wins Cotton Bowl to hand Western Michigan first loss (1:21)

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, when asked about his name still being connected to other jobs: "I'm going to Kalamazoo. I don't know where you're going or where everybody else is going. I'm on the bus unless they don't want me. ... I love where I'm at, period. It's as simple as that. We're heading back to Kalamazoo."

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Wisconsin holds off Western Michigan for Cotton Bowl win (1:25)