As the University of Delaware football team is getting ready for the upcoming championship game, alumni are also preparing by setting up watch parties across the country.
The University of Delaware Office of Alumni Relations has announced a series of watch parties planned in a number of cities and are encouraging alumni to wear blue and gold. Looking to win his second championship since becoming the Blue Heans head coach, K.C. Keeler knows how devoted the fans are.
“As I said in ’03, my greatest memory is Brian Ginn (assistant coach) calling down to me and letting me know the Clydesdale have now entered the field, and how they were not going to allow our kids to tear down the goalposts,” says Keeler. “But these kids are going to be Delaware grads one day. They went down to the far goalpost and tore that one down.”
Although spectators did not tear down the goalposts in this past Saturday’s win against Georgia Southern, players celebrated with the fan faithful in another way. “We didn’t get the kids on the field this time because I think security was prepared for all of this, however, than you saw our kids diving into the stands,” says Keeler. “You know, and I actually thought about doing it myself but I, my advanced age and my coldness, I decided I better get in and get something hot in my system.”
The Blue Hens battle Eastern Washington University for the NCAA Football Championship on Friday, Jan 7, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
If you’re interested in attending one of the various watch parties or are considering organizing one of your own, visit udconnection.com.