CHICAGO – Following its national championship season this past fall, the Saint Xavier University football coaching staff will host its first coaching clinic for area high school coaches on Friday, April 27, on the Chicago campus. The clinic will cover offense, defense and special teams topics and be broken up into two, 75-minute sessions with the first starting at 6 p.m. Cost for the clinic is $20 per coach. The football program will also hold its annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Scrimmage on Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. One of the highlights of the day will be the raffling off of one of the team's national championship rings. Fans in attendance will be able to purchase individual raffle tickets for $5 apiece and the drawing for the ring will take place at the conclusion of the scrimmage. The scrimmage is open to the general public and admission is free.
"The high school coaches in our area really do a great job of pushing their non-Division I scholarship players to seriously consider us and for that I will always be appreciative," said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "Anytime we can give back and help from an Xs and Os or philosophy standpoint is a win-win situation for everyone.
"Our players have worked extremely hard this offseason and Spring Ball in my mind really gives us an opportunity to evaluate and develop those younger players who might be challenging for a starting position or significant playing time next fall," continued Feminis. "I've also received a ton of compliments on our national championship ring from parents, alums, friends and even strangers, so for one lucky Cougar fan to have the chance to win their own ring should add to the excitement of the day."
Saint Xavier just received the No. 1 ranking in the 2012 NAIA Football Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll released last week by the NAIA national office. The Cougars won their first national championship on Dec. 17, 2011, and finished the season with a school-record 14-1 mark. SXU got off to a 9-0 start last fall and was ranked on top of the poll for eight-straight weeks. The program has 21 starters returning in August from its national championship squad.
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