Heath Hotzler column: MSU coach asks crowd for advice
First-year Mayville State football coach Kelly Jeffrey hopes a touchdown is in the cards Saturday against Jamestown. Jeffrey is allowing fans who purchase a $2 raffle ticket to help him call plays during the Comets' first series of the second...
First-year Mayville State football coach Kelly Jeffrey hopes a touchdown is in the cards Saturday against Jamestown.
Jeffrey is allowing fans who purchase a $2 raffle ticket to help him call plays during the Comets' first series of the second half.
Fans will receive an 8x10 card with "R" (run) on one side and "P" (pass) on the other. They'll be asked to hold up the side of their choice before each play of the series.
Jeffrey said he'll look into the stands and side with the majority.
It's not the first unique promotion Jeffrey's orchestrated since joining the Comets' staff in January.
Last week he allowed the winner of an auction to draw up Mayville State's first play against South Dakota Tech.
"They bring something new to the game," Jeffrey said. "Each week we have an new idea and we have fun with it. It's something to get the fans involved a little better."
Jeffrey said the ideas come from legendary Portland State coach Pokey Allen, who -- among other things -- once bet a college beat writer a day's pay his team would draw an average of 11,000 fans for the season.
"He was a real special individual," said Jeffrey, who grew up in Portland, Oregon. "And he had a lot of crazy ideas."
Cobbers set for MIAC tourneys
The Concordia men's golf team has finished no higher than fourth this season, but coach Troy Odegaard feels the Cobbers have the potential to scare some teams at today's Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn.
"St. John's is the team to beat, period," Odegaard said. "We're really sporadic right now, but if the top four play their best golf we'll be OK."
The Cobber women, who last season failed to win the conference title for the first time since 1994, are scheduled to participate in the MIAC championships Oct. 5-6 at Fairways Golf Course in St. Cloud, Minn.
Katie Taylor leads the team with an 82 average.
"I kind of expected to be a little better than we are," Cobber women's coach Duane Siverson said. "They're goal at the beginning of the year was to win the conference and they know they can if they play well this weekend."
Odds and ends
The NAIA Region III men's and women's golf meets are scheduled to begin today at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson, N.D. ... The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's golf meet, which includes Minnesota State Moorhead, is slated for Oct. 5-6 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar, Minn. The Dragons finished fourth in the conference last season. ... Former Concordia baseball player Tim Miller is a promotions intern for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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