Saginaw News: Sullivan circling the wagons at NU

Sullivan circling the wagons at NU
Friday, September 12, 2008

Mike Sullivan is the new football coach at Northwood University, but he sounds an awful lot like the former one.

Sullivan is circling the wagons at Northwood this week after the Timberwolves lost 30-7 at Northern Michigan on Saturday, in a game marred by four turnovers and 11 penalties.

”We’re going to focus on Northwood University, Northwood football and getting better,” said Sullivan, echoing the comments of Pat Riepma after losses.

The Timberwolves went to one end of the state to play in the Superior Dome, and this week travel to the other end of the state for a 2:30 p.m. game Saturday at Hillsdale.

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The Chargers lost to Michigan Tech 39-36 on Saturday, a week after scoring 49 points against St. Joseph’s College.

”They have a very good offense,” said Sullivan, who is working this week to plug the leaks in a T’wolves defense that allowed more than 500 yards of offense in the opener.

”The last time we faced (Hillsdale) was in 2005, and they’re a much-improved program from that point,” he said. ”Keith (Otterbein) is doing a great job.”

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