I’ll be in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Dec. 2 for the Graphic Edge Bowl between No. 2 Butler (11-0) and No. 1 Iowa Western (11-0) as they play for the NJCAA title at the UNI-Dome.
Starting today, Sunflower Slate will be putting out posts on Butler’s six NJCAA title teams as they go for a seventh. We’ve got a week’s worth of coverage planned leading up to the game in The Eagle and at Kansas.com.
We start with the original – a 1981 team that I wrote a story about two years ago as Butler was getting ready to play Navarro for the NJCAA title at the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg, a game Butler lost in pretty dramatic fashion and the last time they played for the NJCAA title. Here’s a blog post that had some more stuff about that 1981 team that beat NEO 21-14 in the Rodeo Bowl in Arkansas City.
Finally, there’s this feature about Butler assistant Steve Braet that I wrote and ran in Sunday’s edition. He’s been an assistant on all SIX of Butler’s title teams and seems to have come as close to perfecting the art of coaching d-line as any coach I’ve been around at any level.
Tomorrow – 1998.