Video of the press conference.
MOBILE, Alabama (EMUEagles.com) – Don’t worry, football is (almost) here! That’s right, fans, the 2021 LendingTree Bowl between Eastern Michigan University and Liberty University is tomorrow, December 18th. Ahead of kick-off, the Eagles spent an extra day navigating a busy schedule in Mobile today, December 17.
The Head Coach Chris Creighton and vice president / sports director Scott Wetherbee started early in the morning as the duo traveled to the competition site, Hancock Whitney Stadium, to participate in the match’s official press conference. The duo made statements and answered questions from local and national media ahead of tomorrow’s kickoff at 4:45 p.m. CT (5:45 p.m. ET).
After a return to the team hotel and a team dinner, the team and their supporters (many of whom arrived in Mobile today and wasted no time painting the city in green clothes and whites) took to the streets for the week’s signature pre-game event, a full-fledged Mardi Gras parade, cheering rally and street party in downtown Mobile.
Nearly 30 floats, cars and marching bands, including the Eastern Michigan Marching Band, took part in the celebration which drew crowds of spectators who braved the heavy rains on the downtown stage.
After the parade, a team cheering rally, with additional performances from the group and the EMU cheering and dance teams, was held, before a street party started in the center- Mobile city celebrating the bowl.
The UEM Alumni Relations Office hosted its own party to add to the festivities at a local oyster house with food and fun before the big game.
As for the team, they closed the evening with a traditional pre-match preparation, including final meetings, movie screenings and an early curfew.
Fans who aren’t in Mobile are encouraged to cheer on the Eagles starting at 4:45 p.m. CT tomorrow, December 18 on ESPN. WEMU 89.1 FM will also have coverage, with a pre-game special to air at 4:15 p.m. CT. Fans around the world can stream for free on WEMU.org or the Varsity Network app. The team’s social media, @EMUFB, will also provide content throughout the day.