Apr 24, 2020 2:19 PM

CSC football raises $12K in all-time team tournament

Posted Apr 24, 2020 2:19 PM

By: Kaleb Center, CSC Sports Information Director

CHADRON, Nebraska -- April 23, 2020 -- A group of alumni, fans, and supporters of Chadron State College football raised more than $12,000 over the span of less than two weeks, in support of the program, in an All-Time Team Tournament campaign led by Head Football Coach Jay Long. When the campaign ended on Thursday, the exact total had reached $12,247.11, according to the fundraiser page at chadroneagles.com.

"Eagle Nation showed us amazing support," said Long. "I'd like to personally thank each and every person who participated, no matter what amount he or she gave. I also had a great time hearing all of the stories former players shared from their playing days."

The fundraiser centered around the idea of an imaginary football playoff featuring 32 of the greatest CSC football teams throughout history. Teams were seeded by the number of overall wins they attained during their seasons, with ties going to teams with the fewest losses and then in chronological order. All teams with postseason bids, conference championships, and at least eight wins were included. The seasons represented ranged across 91 years, from 1923 to 2014.

The playoff "games" were decided using online polls at the Chadron State athletics website, which were coupled with a web-based donation form set up by the Chadron State Foundation.

By a fairly wide margin, fans decided that the 2008 Eagles were the greatest Chadron State football team of all time. That team, which featured senior quarterback Joe McLain under center, went 11-2, defeating in-state rival Wayne State College 23-17 in a home NCAA playoff game. The 2008 team had been the third-seeded team in the tournament. 

The tournament page was viewed nearly 22,000 times by 5,000 unique visitors. The winning team received nearly 3,000 votes in the fourth round of voting, and it received 1,555 in the tournament championship.

In addition to naming a tournament winner, Coach Long extended an invitation to the Lewellen Family Hospitality Room, on October 3, for the team which raised the most funds. The 2001 team, which was the runner-up in the tournament, came out on top in the fundraising race, with $1,761 to its name. The 2006 and 2008 teams were close behind with over $1,000 each.

When the idea for the tournament was hatched, more than two weeks ago, Coach Long asked supporters to raise $4,000 in an effort to purchase software that would allow coaches to instruct players from a distance, since spring practice had been cancelled. When that total was reached, within around four and a half days, an anonymous donor matched the funds already raised, to that point, and a new goal of $10,000 was set. By last Wednesday, the total surpassed $12,000.

Coach Long added that the link to donate will remain up, in case anyone missed it, for additional donations.

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Apr 24, 2020 2:19 PM
Broncos boost offensive arsenal drafting Bama WR Jeudy

Associated Press

In his 10th draft, John Elway finally picked a player from Alabama.

The Denver Broncos general manager backed up his talk about building around second-year QB Drew Lock by selecting Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with the 15th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

Jeudy is the 71st player Elway has selected in his decade as GM. He's also among the gems of a deep crop of wide receivers coming out of college.

Earlier this week, Elway said it was just happenstance that he hadn’t selected an Alabama player. He praised Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and said previous drafts simply didn’t fall right for him to select an Alabama alum.

Jeudy was selected three spots after Alabama teammate Henry Ruggs III, who went to the rival Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12.

Another new landscape for Elway: for the first time in four years he didn’t spend his offseason analyzing college quarterbacks after going all-in on Lock, who won four of his five starts to end the 2019 season, his only loss coming in the snow at Kansas City.

While stressing that Lock has “a long way to go,” Elway said he feels he’s finally found a worthy successor to Peyton Manning, who retired four years ago.

“Now is the fun part of trying to fill around him,” said Elway, who began that task with the free agent signings of O-lineman Graham Glasgow, running back Melvin Gordon, tight end Nick Vannett and backup QB Jeff Driskel.

Jeudy joins a receiving corps led by third-year pro Courtland Sutton.

Another priority for Elway in this draft is to fortify Lock’s protection with O-linemen. Elway entered the draft with 10 selections, half of them in the top-95.