April 8, 2011
By Zak Gilbert
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State will conclude its spring with the annual Green and Gold Game on April 23. Kickoff at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Admission and parking are free. The stadium will offer restrooms and concessions, in addition to free family activities in which the athletic department is finalizing and will announce in the coming days. Wendy’s will provide a free Frosty to 300 kids in attendance. Fans will be allowed onto the field after the game to take photos and collect autographs with CSU players and coaches.
The Gold team posted a controversial win last season, and Head Coach Steve Fairchild, the game’s annual commissioner, has vowed to avoid such shenanigans this year.
“That was a tough ruling I had to make last year,” said Fairchild. “I’m going to do a better job this season making sure stuff like that doesn’t happen. There was an asterisk next to the final score last year, but both our players and fans had a lot of fun.”
The controversy began when Gold team head coach Larry Kerr, the Rams' defensive coordinator, appeared to have a legitimate gripe during a pivotal chain of events late in the see-saw game. First, the Green team retook the lead on a fake field goal when WR Matt Yemm, a former high-school quarterback, caught the snap and found a wide-open Pete Kontodiakos, CSU's punter, in the left flat for a 10-yard touchdown. The punter, recruited by Green team head coach and offensive coordinator Pat Meyer, doesn't normally play on the field-goal unit. Then, after the fake, the Gold team protested what it considered a violation of the rules each team agreed upon before the game - no fake field goals -- and didn't send a unit on the field for the ensuing PAT. Yemm, again the holder, shrugged his shoulders after taking the snap and ran around right end against a phantom defense for a 2-point conversion, giving Green a 14-7 lead.
Kerr had the last laugh, though.
Fairchild, the commissioner during the player draft and spring game, gave the matter some thought and ruled that the controversial points would stand, but he would award Kerr's Gold team would get one extra series to go for the win.
After a Gold field goal, Fairchild returned the ball to the Gold, on the Green 20, and Gold used a couple trick plays of its own – Tyson Liggett reverses on successive snaps - to end the game and secure the win, 18-17.
This year’s contest figures to be just as exciting. Again, like last year, the Rams will draft teams, with Fairchild overseeing the proceedings.
“I really want it to be more of a game than it ever has,” Fairchild said. “More game, less situations. As long as we can stay healthy, and injuries leading up to the game don’t dictate our available depth, I want to divide up the coaching staff and the entire roster and just go at it. I want us to have fun, like we did last year. I know our player council and our fans really enjoy that more than a practice.”
The Rams will break out their home and road game uniforms for the event. The team is expected to hit the field for warmups prior to 11 a.m.
Radio: Voice of the Rams Brian Roth, color analyst Kevin McGlue and sideline reporter Abby Waner are expected to broadcast the contest over the Colorado State Sports Network. The broadcast will be available in Denver on flagship station KLZ (560 AM), and in Fort Collins on AM 600 KCOL.
Scrimmages on tap: Fans still have an opportunity to see all three major spring scrimmages, including the spring game April 23 at 11 a.m. The Rams will scrimmage Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and again Friday evening (time TBA). All three are at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium and free to the public.
Rams Superstars Competition: While the spring game represents the on-field conclusion to spring practice, it’s not the end of spring ball for CSU. That happens in the annual Rams Superstars Competition, at Moby Arena, April 29 at 6 p.m. Again, admission is free.
Think WWE wrestling, American Gladiators, the NFL Combine and NBA All-Star Weekend.
Divided into teams, the players – decked out in their uniforms -- engage in a fun event with more than bragging rights on the line. Last year, the winners got a steak and lobster dinner, served to them by the losers, who got Beenie Weenies and water. Fans after the event also are allowed onto the court to take photos and collect autographs.
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