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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Bulldog Sports Network, in conjunction with local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and Ferris State Television, has announced this Saturday's (April 14) Ferris State Football Crimson & Gold Spring Game will be carried live both locally and around the world.
Sunny 97.3 FM and FerrisStateBulldogs.com will provide a live broadcast of the game beginning with pregame coverage at 11:30 a.m. (ET) from the Wheeler Pavilion at Top Taggart Field. The Bulldog Football play-by-play tandem of Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call all the action with kickoff set for 12 p.m. (ET).
Along with the live radio coverage and audio broadcast, a FREE TV video feed will also be provided thru FSU's multimedia portal at FerrisStateBulldogs.com in conjunction with Ferris State Television and FSU's Television & Digital Media Production (TDMP) program. Fans inside the stadium will also hear the live play-by-play call of the game over the public address system. In addition, fans can also follow live scoring updates via @FerrisFootball on twitter.
The Crimson & Gold Spring Game will wrap up FSU's official spring practice drills under head coach Tony Annese. The defending Super Region Champions opened the spring workouts on March 16 and the slate includes a total of 15 workouts per NCAA regulations.
Saturday's contest will provide fans with an opportunity to watch the Bulldogs for the first time since last fall's run to the national semifinals in a game-like situation under Coach Annese and his staff. The spring game will feature a modified scoring and timing format.
Saturday's game will once again also coincide with the "The Big Event". Students and members of the FSU community will take part in the 11th annual "Big Event", an annual community-wide cleanup and service effort in Big Rapids on Saturday morning. The important civic initiative which ranks as the state's largest student-led community service event.
The Bulldogs will begin their 110th season of varsity competition this coming fall with their sights set on making a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Along with reaching the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals in 2017 for the second consecutive year, the Bulldogs also made their fourth-straight trip to the D2 Playoffs and posted an 11-2 record, marking the first time in school history in which FSU has won 11 games or more in four-straight seasons. Last summer, Hero Sports picked FSU as Michigan's Best College Football program regardless of division.
Over the last four seasons at Ferris State, the Bulldogs have compiled a 45-7 overall record and made four consecutive NCAA Playoff appearances, claimed two conference championships, posted two unbeaten regular-seasons, twice made the national quarterfinals, captured a regional title and reached the national semifinals. Ferris State has also accumulated two Harlon Hill National Player of the Year trophies, twice had a student-athlete tabbed as the nation's National Scholar-Athlete of the Year and won six postseason games.
In the six seasons under Annese, the Bulldogs have become a national power on the Division II level. FSU has posted a 60-14 overall mark in the last six years and the Bulldogs have also posted the best winning percentage of all 21 collegiate programs in the state of Michigan along with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) since his arrival. Twice he's been tabbed as the Super Region Coach of the Year at Ferris State.
Overall, Annese has won 83% of his games as a head coach on the collegiate and prep levels and owns 285 wins to date, which is the most of any current GLIAC member head coach at all levels.
Ferris State will return nearly 50 letterwinners for the 2018 campaign.