The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football team, like most others in the world, took some time off Thursday to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
If the Bulldogs had their way, though, it would've been a working holiday.
"We'd rather be working this Thursday for a national playoff race," head coach Curt Wiese said on Tuesday. "In the same sense, to have the opportunity to be out here past the regular season is a great thing."
Had UMD made it into the NCAA Division II tournament and advanced past the opening round, it would be playing this Saturday. Instead, the Bulldogs next game is a week from Saturday in the 2017 Mineral Water Bowl.
"The local guys can be with their families, and guys from further away will get a chance to go home with some of their teammates," Wiese said of the team's Thanksgiving plans. "I guarantee you, all of them would rather be here playing football."
UMD was (9-2) in the regular season and will play Central Missouri in the Mineral Water Bowl. That game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 2 in Excelsior, Mo.