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Eric Church gets ready for Michigan gig with special T-shirt

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 – Nothing personal Eric Church fans going to the concert this Friday in Flint, Mich., but don't be surprised if the singer wears the T-shirt of his alma mater.

And that may be bring a frown to the face of those attending the show because Church will be sporting a shirt from his alma mater, Appalachian State, owner of one of the hugest upsets in college football history when the Boone, N.C. school upset then number five ranked Michigan 34-32.

"We had a day off in Oklahoma City, and we had to park the bus in an Applebee's parking lot beside the hotel," Church said. "I had to wake the bus driver up to move the bus for better satellite reception, and I was surprised to see that Appalachian was in the game. This was around halftime...then I got to see what I think was not only the greatest upset in college football history, but the greatest game in college football history."

"I would like to apologize to the patrons of the Oklahoma City Applebee's because when the Mountaineers blocked that kick, I blacked out, ran off the bus, and ran around the restaurant parking lot yelling at the top of my lungs," said Church to the final play of the game where Appalachian State blocked a game-winning field goal.

"I would also like to apologize in advance for the Appalachian State t-shirt I'll be wearing onstage Friday night at my gig in Flint, Mich. It's not personal - please don't throw things at us."

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