Rams Depart for New Orleans

Lubick has guided the Rams to five conference titles and six bowl appearances in his nine seasons at the helm, including 2001 when the Rams will face the University of North Texas in the first-ever New Orleans Bowl

CSU-SID - More than 120 players, along with members of Sonny Lubick's coaching staff and support personnel left this morning for Colorado State University's third consecutive bowl game appearance.

Lubick has guided the Rams to five conference titles and six bowl appearances in his nine seasons at the helm, including 2001 when the Rams will face the University of North Texas in the first-ever New Orleans Bowl (ESPN2; 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT).

Friday, Lubick and the rest of the official travel party boarded buses at the McGraw Center in Fort Collins at 9 a.m., travelled to Denver before flying via charter aircraft to New Orleans.

"I know that our players are extremely excited about playing in this bowl game. To say that you have been to three straight bowl games is quite an accomplishment, especially for this group of seniors," Lubick said.

Lubick said his team has been focused during its workouts in Fort Collins, and he looks for the same concentration once the Rams arrive in New Orleans, where they will hold two practices and a walk-through at the game site, the Louisiana Superdome.

Once the team arrives in New Orleans Friday afternoon, they'll partake in an orientation and photo session at the Superdome, then practice both Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at nearby Tulane University. Monday, the team will stage a walk-through at the Superdome, then face the Mean Green Tuesday night.

The past two seasons, the Rams made back-to-back appearances in the Liberty Bowl after winning the Mountain West Conference title. The Rams under Lubick made appearances in the 1994, ‘95, and ‘97 Holiday Bowls.

Bowl Site Practices
Friday, Dec. 14; 4 p.m.; New Orleans Bowl orientation; Louisiana Superdome
Saturday, Dec. 15; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Tulane University
Sunday, Dec. 16; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Tulane University
Monday, Dec. 17; 9 a.m.; Team walk-through; Louisiana Superdome
Tuesday, Dec. 18; 7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT; New Orleans Bowl vs. North Texas (ESPN2)
Wednesday, Dec. 19; team party returns to Fort Collins


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