MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Not getting a bowl game invitation last season still sits in the collective craw of Middle Tennessee State University football players, coaches and fans alike.
After all, the Blue Raiders won eight games, including an impressive victory at ACC Coastal Division winner Georgia Tech, and finished second in the two-bowl bid Sun Belt Conference. But they still didn't get a bowl sniff, much to the chagrin of head coach Rick Stockstill.
So, what did Stockstill do Friday to break up the monotony of preseason practice? He took his team bowling at Lanes, Trains & Automobiles -- a multi-entertainment facility with a bowling alley, bumper cars and a plethora of games for kids of all ages.
"I really didn't know what to expect," MTSU senior defensive end Dearco Nolan said about what went through his mind when the team was told earlier in the day about its off-campus outing. "But when we got there, I felt like a kid in a candy store.
"There were so many games that we got...