Blast from the past: Rainey, Elson, Bjork comment on WKU’s bowl bid

I had the chance to talk with some familiar faces from WKU football’s past tonight, as the Hilltoppers accepted the first bowl bid in program history.

WKU will play Central Michigan on Dec. 26 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.

Check out WKU beat writer Chad Bishop’s blog at and on Twitter at for more coverage on the Tops.

But here, check out comments from Ross Bjork, former WKU athletic director and current Ole Miss AD; Bobby Rainey, former WKU running back and currently on injured reserve with the Baltimore Ravens; and David Elson, former WKU head coach and current defensive coordinator with New Mexico State.


“First, let me say congratulations to Hilltopper Nation. They’re deserving with a 7-5 record, and the Sun Belt needs more auto tie-ins. After that, you’re relying on open spots. It’s the exact same situation as last year. Two bowl tie-ins makes it a challenge each year. The program has earned it on the field and with the investment in facilities.”

DAVID ELSON (by email to BGDN)

“All I can say is that those seniors are why we coach. They persevered through adversity & stayed loyal to each other & their school. They are what college athletics is all about! Honored to be associated with them in a small way.”


As he learned news that WKU was headed to a bowl: “That’s great to just know that. We should have gone to one last year, so it’s about time they let us in one.”

Will you be at the game? “It doesn’t matter where we’re going, I’ll be there.”

On current seniors talking about wanting to win for last year’s seniors who were snubbed: “They’re not winning it for us. They’re winning it for their team. We didn’t get the job done or whatever, and this one’s nothing that we can take credit for. It’s their opportunity.”

On the year Antonio Andrews has had, comparisons to Rainey:  “Apparently, he’s done a great job (laughing). I don’t think there can be a comparison. He’s Antonio, and I’m Bobby. Different playing styles. He’s a fantastic player.”


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