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Buffs hosting Gridiron Bash

Counting Crows will perform day before spring game

Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins is a huge music fan. Perhaps the next band he endorses on his weekly blog will be one formed in Berkeley, Calif., in the early 1990s.

CU officials are combining music with Hawkins' football program this spring by inviting renowned alternative rock band Counting Crows to perform at Folsom Field on April 18, the day before the annual spring game.

Maybe Hawkins will write a review.

The band's performance will highlight an afternoon and evening of football practice, a pep rally, appearances by legendary former CU players and coaches and other activities for fans.

CU is one of 20 Division I programs hosting the Gridiron Bash on campuses around the country that day.The event is organized by New York City based MSL Sports and Entertainment and is designed to identify the nation's most passionate fan base.

The winner will be determined by the total attendance at the Gridiron Bash plus the number of votes received through text messaging. The winning school will be awarded $1 million for its scholarship fund, according to an MSL press release. The second and third-place schools will receive $500,000 and $250,000 respectively.

"Similar to the excitement surrounding Midnight Madness, there's also excitement around Spring Football, when schools hold practices and the Annual Spring Game to showcase their upcoming year's roster," CU athletic director Mike Bohn said in the release from MSL on Thursday. "Thousands of spectators come out each spring to watch CU Football scrimmages, but that's typically where the fan experience' ends. Gridiron Bash extends the experience and enables fans to support their team, give back to their university and have a great time doing so."

Tickets are available at the CU ticket office and fans can learn more by visiting www.gridironbash.com.

Comments

Posted by CaliBuff on January 25, 2008 at 6:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

That sounds awesome, wish I could make it.

Posted by montanabuff on January 25, 2008 at 8:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm certain that this will be a success. Anything which brings positive P.R. to the program and its players is a plus. Still, success will be relative. Alabama had 92,000 at their spring game last year - no concert, just Saban. Hope it works out, weather-wise!

Posted by dabuffs50 on January 25, 2008 at 8:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

hahah, I read an article about this yesterday but it didn't mention CU and I posted on yesterdays article that I wish CU would do it also.... hahaha sweet

Posted by Ralphie2 on January 25, 2008 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

YES, YES, YES! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO HAWK, GO!

Posted by Ralphie2 on January 25, 2008 at 9:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I HAD TO POST AGAIN! HAWK AND BOHN ARE AWESOME!

Posted by rodrigo on January 25, 2008 at 9:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dabuff, ask and ye shall receive. Nice call.

Posted by cubuff85 on January 25, 2008 at 11:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Things have definitely changed around here! Bohn has definitely brought a new attitude to this athletic dept. and Hawk, Buzz and McConnell are an extension of him. GREAT JOB!!!

Posted by CABuffalo on January 25, 2008 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

buff85:

You are right - things ARE definitely turning around and Buff alumni and fans alike should take notice and start supporting the program more passionately- both in the stands and financially.

I will not get off my soapbox on this issue! CU is getting back on track thanks to Bohn, Bezdelik and Hawkins...now we need to catch up with the other programs as far as facilities go. Donate people! IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH, just give what you can. I do.

Posted by buff75 on January 25, 2008 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

HMM I DON'T HEAR OF TEXAS OR NEBRASKA DOING THAT......MAYBE WE'RE TOO LIBERAL AND IF SO WE HAVE A GOOD TIME FOR SURE. MAYBE ALL THE HIPPIES WHO COME WILL STAY FOR THE REAL SHOW THE NEXT DAY. THIS IS AWESOME. CU JUST RAISED THE BAR.GO BUFFS!!!!!!!

Posted by Ralphie2 on January 25, 2008 at 6:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I love being a Buffalo!

Posted by Ralphie2 on January 25, 2008 at 6:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CABuffalo,

Agreed! We need some big donations and to start packing the seats! I promise to do my part and help pack the stadiums. And when I start making money (I'm only 25) I will donate.

Posted by reallifeshocker on January 25, 2008 at 7:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

sign me and mine up. this is a great band and will be so much fun, no matter what.

Posted by StopTheInsanity on January 25, 2008 at 7:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Buff75:

UT and NU don't need the "diversion" -- they get their usually 60-80K attendance at their spring game just because their fans give a damn.

Posted by SnowBuff on January 26, 2008 at 12:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

or there is really absolutely nothing else to do

Posted by oz_in_cali on January 26, 2008 at 12:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Plenty to do in Austin, Lincoln not so much (unless you enjoy watching corn grow). I like the attitude that the new blood has brought to CU. While I think that it will take a while for the athletic department to get to where I would like to see it, what Bohn has done is head and shoulders above anything we saw from the Dick Tharp era. Some people might want to call it diversion, but I call it an honest and admirable effort to create support and interest in our great university. We all know that none of the critics or crybabies who routinely post on this board (with the exception of rswright who I honestly believe means well) have any interest in seeing CU succeed on any level. Thank you CU coaches, players and athletic department administrators for laying the foundation for building an athlectic department we the CU faithful can be proud of.
GO BUFFS!

Posted by sharigwynn on January 26, 2008 at 9:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So far CU, KSU, and A&M have each teamed with MLS for Gridiron Bash concerts.

Posted by RWE on January 27, 2008 at 5:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fergie? Kelly Clarkson? Thanks for getting a real band, Hawkins! Counting Crows are awesome! I'll be there.

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