Western Michigan University is in the national spotlight as the 15th-ranked Bronco football team is set to play Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2 in Arlington Texas. The spotlight is nothing new to these 10 celebrities.
Before winning over fans as a semifinalist on "American Idol," Matt Giraud was tickling the ivories at the Monaco Bay Piano Bar in downtown Kalamazoo. While attening WMU, the Ypsilanti native was part of the vocal jazz program called Gold Company.
Frankie Ballard played baseball at Western Michigan University before going on to become a country music star. The Battle Creek native has had three songs chart in the Billboard 100 off of hi 2014 album, "Sunshine and Whiskey."
John Harbaugh, current head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, received his masters degree from Western Michigan while aslo serving as a graduate assistant coach on the football team in 1984 under his father, Jack Harbaugh.
The late John Saunders was a popoular ESPN personality and sports journalist. He played one game as a defenseman for the Western Michigan University hockey team, where his brother Ernie had a hall-of-fame career.
Dave Dombrowski is the current president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox. After briefly attending Cornell University, he transferred to Western Michigan where he received a degree in business administration.
Greg Jennings was verbally committed to U of M before opting to stay in his hometown to play for the Broncos. After 3,539 receiving yards and 39 career touchdowns for WMU, he was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
The late R&B singer Luther Vandross sold more than 35 million records worldwide, won eight Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards. He attended Western Michigan for one year before pursuing his music career.
Bruce Campbell is a television and film actor, best known for his role as Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's cult classic, "The Evil Dead," and its subsequent sequels. A Royal Oak native, his acting credits also include "Fargo," "Spider-Man" and "Cars 2."
Flint native Terry Crews played defensive end at Western Michigan, earning All-Mid-American Conference honors while helping the team win the conference championship in 1988 before a brief NFL career.
Tim Allen, a comedic actor, attended Central Michigan University before transferring to Westersn where he received a bachelor of science degree in communications.