Team preview: Central Michigan

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Brian Kelly has a problem with attitude. And he has made it Central Michigan's problem, too.

When Kelly arrived last year at Mount Pleasant, he found a group of players who were complacent losers. That didn't sit very well with a coach who never had a losing season in 13 years at NCAA Division II Grand Valley State University.

The Chippewas came up short in their bid for a winning season in Kelly's first year, but the program did make some strides toward some day achieving its second winning season (6-5 in 1998) in the last decade.

"We came in to instill and attitude and a way to do things," Kelly said. "They didn't hire me because they were winning. ... You need to get the kids to believe."

The Chippewa faithful believe, at least at home where CMU went 4-1 last season for its first winning record at Kelly/Shorts Stadium since 1998 (5-0). The road was a different story (0-6).