Friday sets stage for Enshrinement Saturday

Hundreds of sports fans are in South Bend this weekend for the 2007 College Football Enshrinement Festival.

On Friday, some of the best football players and coaches got a chance to show what they are made of, not on the gridiron but on the golf course.

The Annual Golf Outing was held at Blackthorn golf course.

Most of the enshrinees were on hand for the round of golf which as you can imagine is pretty competitive.

In the class of 2007, there are two Heisman winners, Charlie Ward of Florida State and Nebraska's Mike Rozier as well as the Outland Trophy winner from 1987, Chad Hennings of Air Force.

NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith arrived in South Bend on Friday afternoon. He spent his day talking with children and cancer patients at Memorial Hospital.

Friday was also the first of two autograph sessions. Seminole fans dominated the Hall of Fame line----all for a chance to meet legendary coach Bobby Bowden and former standout QB Charlie Ward.

The fans weren't disappointed. Bowden went beyond the call of duty, speaking with every fan about anything they wanted to talk about.

Here is Saturday's Schedule:

Saturday, July 21
Enshrinement FanFest
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gridiron Plaza
A chance to meet the enshrinees
Tickets are 5 dollars per person
Children under 5 - no charge

Enshrinement Parade
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Downtown South Bend

Enshrinee Flag Football Game
Gridiron Plaza
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
This event is free with FanFest admission

Enshrinement Youth Football Clinic
Gridiron Plaza
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Interactive clinic taught by the enshrinees
Children 14 and under

Enshrinement Autograph Session II
Hall of Fame Press Box
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
See above

Enshrinement Dinner, Show and Mayor's After-Party Celebration
Century Center-Coat and tie required
6:00 p.m.
The grand finale of the weekend as the 2007 Class is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Tickets are 150 dollars per person during a night of great food, live music, dancing and cocktails.
Tables are available for $1,200.


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