Michigan Athletics Turns Down 2000 Kickoff Classic
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department has decided against its football program participating in the 2000 Kickoff Classic, scheduled for Aug. 26 at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

"We were hoping to play in our first-ever Kickoff Classic but an agreement could not be reached," said Assistant Athletic Director Warde Manuel.

After extensive dialogue with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Meadowlands Sports Complex, the athletic department has decided to forego competing in the game.

"The opportunity to expose our athletes to the New York area and allowing our alumni and fans from the Northeast to see us play were extremely appealing factors to us," Manuel added. "We hope to be considered for a future Kickoff Classic."

Michigan's only previous preseason game was the 1995 Pigskin Classic, an 18-17 victory that capped the greatest comeback in school history and gave Lloyd Carr his first career coaching win. The Wolverines trailed 17-0 in the fourth quarter but quarterback Scott Dreisbach found wide receiver Mercury Hayes for a 15-yard game-winning TD on the game's final play for the win.

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