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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 11, 2008

Tjeerdsma, Captains Address Media in Kick-Off Luncheon

Mel Tjeerdsma's comments (.mp3)

FLORENCE, Ala. - Northwest Missouri State began its national championship fesitivies today with the Kick-Off News Conference and Luncheon at SunTrust bank in downtown Florence, Ala. Both Northwest Head Coach Mel Tjeerdsma and Minnesota Duluth Head Coach Bob Nielsen formally addressed the media, along with captains from both teams. The 2008 Harlon Hill candidates and the NCAA Division II Football Committee were introduced.

"It's great to be here," said Tjeerdsma before the media. "It's going to be a great football game. I think we have two football teams that are very similar. I call them blue-collar football teams. They just come out and go to work and play football."

The Bearcats were scheduled to practice at the North Alabama practice facility due to heavy rains in the Shoals region.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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