Bunting Named Coach In Blue Gray All-Star Game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- University of North Carolina head football coach John Bunting has been named one of two head coaches to lead the Gray Team in the 65th Blue Gray All-Star Classic on December 25, 2003. The game, which features some of the nation's top college seniors, will be played at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium on the campus of Troy State University in Troy, Ala., and will be televised nationally by ESPN2 . Kickoff is a 3 p.m. eastern.

Each team will have one head offensive coach and one head defensive coach. Bunting, who will coach the defense, will be reunited on the sideline with current Baylor coach Guy Morriss, who is coaching the Gray offense.

Bunting and Morriss were long-time teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles and both played in the Super Bowl in 1981. Bunting played linebacker for the Eagles from 1972-82 and Morriss was an offensive lineman in Philadelphia from 1973-83. Bunting and Morriss are two of only three current 1-A coaches to have played in a Super Bowl.

"I'm excited to be a part of the Blue-Gray Classic and look forward to the opportunity to coach with my friend and former teammate Guy Morriss," said Bunting. "The Blue Gray Classic has a long tradition of producing outstanding players. I'm thrilled that I will be able to coach some of them and be a part of this great game."

Players and coaches will report to Montgomery, Ala., for workouts on December 19th. The Blue Gray All-Star Classic is the first post-season all-star game each season and is returning to the postseason all-star lineup after a one-year hiatus.

Past players and coaches who have participated in the Blue Gray All-Star Classic include Paul "Bear" Bryant (Alabama), Bart Starr (Alabama), Len Dawson (Purdue), Fran Tarkenton (Georgia), Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), Terrell Davis (Georgia), Bruce Smith (Virginia Tech) and Curtis Martin (Pittsburgh).

The Blue Gray Association which operates the Blue Gray Classic, is wholly owned by the Montgomery (Ala.) Lions Club. The proceeds from the Blue Gray Classic benefit sight conservation projects and youth charities. Over $4 million has been provided for these humanitarian services.

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