I really love seeing the sport we love expanding around the world. Growth in part comes from the willingness of NCAA programs traveling to play overseas before and during the regular season. FCS Princeton has decided to join in the continued efforts by scheduling a March 21st Spring scrimmage against the Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters in Osaka, Japan. The Tigers will be facing the National College Champion of Japan in the “Legacy Bowl” for the second time. Princeton won the first meeting 27-25 back in March of 2001.
Princeton coach Bob Surace added about the Tigers game against Kwansei Gakuin,
“We are excited to participate in the first annual Legacy Bowl against the national champions of Japan. This unique opportunity allows us the benefits of experiencing another culture in addition to playing an actual game against one of the best non-American college teams in the world. We’re looking forward to our Spring Ball preparations beginning on Feb. 27 and kicking off an offseason that will hopefully lead to an excellent season in 2015.”
The Fighters have won the Koshien Bowl, the collegiate national championship, 27 times, most among Japanese colleges. They most recently lost the Rice Bowl to the X League champion Fujitsu Frontiers 33-24 in the Tokyo Dome.
The Tigers will be among a handful of NCAA Programs crossing the ocean to showcase College Football and continue to grow the sport. Should be exciting, now where is my plane ticket.