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College coach offers to buy beers for anyone who attends team's home opener

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/16/2021 Dani Mohr

Portland State football coach Bruce Barnum is bribing fans to attend the team's home opener. 

During an appearance on a local podcast, the 57-year-old coach extended an offer to buy a beer for anyone who shows up to watch the Vikings play Western Oregon on Saturday. 

Both No. 3 Oregon and Oregon State will be hosting matchups in Week 3, which will make it more difficult for FCS Portland State to draw a crowd. In an attempt to attract more locals and beer snobs, Barnum extended the offer on the John Canzano BFT Podcast.

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"I've got to get people to see my kids," Barnum told Canzano on the podcast. "I've got a deal for you: Anybody who heard me on your show . . . just say, 'I heard Barney on the BFT' at the Barney Beer Garden and I’ll buy you a beer."


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To sweeten the deal, the coach didn’t put a limit on the amount of beers he would purchase. When asked about how many beverages he would cover, Barnum simply replied, "All of them."

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Portland State is scheduled to play at 2:05 p.m. PT Saturday. The in-state battle between the Vikings and Wolves will take place in Hillsboro Stadium, where ticket prices range from $3.50 to $25. The stadium seats 7,200.

Depending on how many thirsty fans show up to the game, Barnum’s bar tab has the potential to fly exceedingly high.

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