Friday, September 21, 2007


WACO, TEXAS — For the 11th consecutive year, the American Football Coaches Association will send a Division III all-star team to Mexico to battle a team of that country's top college players in the 2007 Aztec Bowl on December 8 in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Former Widener, Delaware Valley and LaSalle Head Coach Bill Manlove returns for his second year as head coach of Team USA. Manlove also served as an assistant coach at the Aztec Bowl from 2002-2004.

The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico’s college football season. The game has been played 36 times since 1947 with the last nine contests featuring the United States-Mexico match-up. The United States is 9-1 in the series and won last year’s game, 28-7, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

This year’s game will be played at 22,000-seat Estadio Olimpico Universitario on the campus of the University of Chihuahua.

Chitwood Sports Media of Jefferson, Texas will again provide a live webcast of the Aztec Bowl in 2007. Along with the game webcast on December 8, announcers Charlie Chitwood and Ned Fratangelo will provide 90-minute preview shows on December 5, 6 and 7. The preview shows will originate from the Team USA hotel and will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. CST.