Aggie football coaches luncheons kick off today in SLC

Utah State Aggie Football Coach’s Luncheons, sponsored by the Big Blue Scholarship Fund, will start in Logan with the kickoff luncheon on Monday, August 31 while the Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front luncheons will start on Wednesday, August 26. The luncheons will be held throughout the season, opening with the August 31 luncheon at Noon at Romney Stadium. The other Logan luncheons will be held on Monday September 14, 21 and 28, October 12, 19 and 26, and November 2 and 16, all at The Copper Mill Restaurant, located at 55 N Main in Logan. Cost of the Logan luncheons is $12 for Big Blue Scholarship Fund Members presenting their membership card and $15 for non-members with a season ticket available for $100 for members and $115 for non-members, and includes a digital media guide and five raffle tickets. The August 26 luncheon as well as the other three Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front luncheons, which will be catered by Iggy’s, will take place at Homewood Suites, located at 423 West 300 South in Salt Lake City beginning at Noon. Free parking is available in the parking terrace beneath the hotel. The dates of future Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front luncheons are Thursday, Sept. 10, Thursday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 12. Cost of the Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front luncheons is $12 for BBSF members presenting their membership card, and $15 for non-members. A season ticket for the four monthly meetings is $50 for Big Blue Scholarship Fund Members and $65 for non-members, and also includes a digital media guide and five raffle tickets. Aggie head coach Gary Andersen will address the group and participate in a question and answer session. For more information about the Big Blue Scholarship Fund, go to and click on “Scholarship Fund” on the top menu bar. Andersen and the Aggies return a WAC-leading 19 total starters, including a conference-best 10 on offense, as well as seven on defense and two kickers. Those 19 starters are part of 48 returning lettermen from last season’s 3-9 team. Last year was the first time since 2005 that the Aggies had three wins in a season and USU’s 3-5 WAC record was its best in its four seasons in the league. It was also the first time since 2003 that USU has won three conference games and just the third time in the 2000’s (2000: 4-1 Big West; 2003: 3-4 Big West; 2008: 3-5 WAC). The Aggies open the 2009 season against Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3. After a bye and a road game at Texas A&M on Saturday, Sept. 19, USU hosts in-state foe Southern Utah in the Aggies’ home opener on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. For season and single-game ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.

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