DENVER — The inaugural Front Range Media Huddle and Luncheon took place Thursday at the Blake Street Tavern in downtown Denver.
Bringing out some of the biggest names in Colorado's college football scene, head coaches Mel Tucker (Colorado), Mike Bobo (Colorado State), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Ernest Collins (Northern Colorado) and Gregg Brandon (Colorado Mines) all made appearances. Joining them were Buffaloes' starting quarterback Steven Montez and Rams signal caller Colin Hill.
"This is an awesome event and a a resounding turnout," Calhoun said. "A great location in the heart of the state. One we should certainly do every single year."
For the first time in several decades, the three FBS level college football programs will play in-state matchups, starting with the Rocky Mountain Showdown between UC and CSU next Friday night at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
"I can't say enough about what it does when in-state schools play each other," Bobo said. "It promotes football and universities in the state and young kids might end up going to one of those schools. They might not even be a football player but they picked one of these universities based on a game they went to or saw on TV."
"All the fans are energized and excited about it, it's going to be a great atmosphere," Tucker said. "Great stadium, a lot of pride on both sides. The rivalry, I'm looking forward to experiencing that."