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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 27, 2010

Missouri governor to visit Northwest, attend football opener

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will visit Northwest Missouri State University Thursday, Sept. 2, to tour the campus and attend the University's season-opening football game.

The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats are the defending NCAA Division II national champions and open the season ranked No. 1 by American Football Coaches Association. Head Coach Mel Tjeerdsma, a 2010 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inductee, also was named 2009 Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year.

Gov. Nixon will take part in a pre-game ceremony recognizing the national championship team and Tjeerdsma.

The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. For more information about tickets and game day activities, go to

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468