With opening weekend upon us, more than 800 high school, junior college and four-year college football coaching staffs will wear American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) patches on their shirts to promote the association and bring awareness to its programs. The AFCA patch will be worn during games from August 25 through September 3. Some of the featured games that will showcase the AFCA patch will be:
- Northwestern at Purdue (Thurs., Aug. 30, 7 PM CT, ESPN)
- San Diego State at No. 13 Stanford (Fri., Aug. 31, 8 PM CT, Fox Sports 1)
- Florida Atlantic at No. 5 Oklahoma (Sat., Sept. 1, 11 AM CT, FOX)
- No. 6 Washington vs. No. 10 Auburn (Sat., Sept. 1, 2:30 PM CT, ABC)
- Louisville vs. No. 1 Alabama (Sat., Sept. 1, 7 PM CT, ABC)
- No. 8 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 24 LSU (Sun., Sept. 2, 6:30 PM CT, ABC)
- No. 17 Virginia Tech at No. 19 Florida State (Mon., Sept. 3, 7 PM CT, ESPN)
“For a second straight year, football coaching staffs will wear the AFCA patch on their opening weekend games to help bring awareness of and information about the association to the general public,” AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. “The AFCA has been around for almost 100 years, and a lot of football fans don’t know we even exist or what we are about. We are a world-wide organization that educates career football coaches and helps promote the football coaching profession.”
Some of the early leaders of the AFCA were college football royalty, such as John Heisman and Amos Alonzo Stagg. Major Charles Daly, head coach at Army, organized the first meeting of college football coaches on December 27, 1921, which eventually led to the organization of the AFCA the following year. Daly served as the association’s first president. Virtually all of the great coaches in college football have actively participated in the AFCA. Past presidents include such respected coaches as Alabama’s Bear Bryant, Texas’ Darrell Royal, Yale’s Carmen Cozza, Grambling State’s Eddie Robinson and Michigan’s Bo Schembechler. The 2018 AFCA president is Bill Cronin, head coach at Georgetown (Ky.) College, who is the association’s first-ever president from an NAIA school.
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The AFCA will coordinate a multi-platform social media campaign throughout opening weekend using the hashtag #AFCAPatch. You can help the association by using the hashtag and tagging and following us (@WeAreAFCA) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information on the AFCA and its promotional patch weekend, visit www.afca.com.
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