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Hatcher enjoying Hula Bowl experience

January 20, 2005

Maui, Hawaii - There are alot of advantages in winning a national championship.

One of the perks for Valdosta State's first national title in Division II is that head coach Chris Hatcher gets to spend a week in Hawaii.

It is a working vacation for Chris Hatcher who is serving as an offensive assistant for the East all-stars in Saturday's Hula Bowl.

Hatcher earning this honor after winning the American Football Coaches Association national coach of the year award.

Chris Hatcher will be helping former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich put the offense in place for Saturday night's game.

Among the weapons Hatcher has to work with are Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall and Tennessee running back Cedric Houston.

The only trouble for Chris Hatcher and his wide open offensive philosophy is that the coaches in this game have agreed to use a tight end and two running backs on every play due to the limited practice schedule this week.

It is a problem Chris Hatcher is happy to have in what will be a week he will always remember.

Hatcher said "Just for a young guy, I'm 31 years of age, to be in the situation I am in is an exciting time for me and my family. To be here and enjoy this experience is something I will remember for a lifetime and hopefully I will get to come back and do it again next year."

 Frank Solich has taken over as head coach for the East all-star for Georgia's Mark Richt who had to withdraw from that position earlier this week to keep recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner on his staff. The Hula Bowl is Saturday night at seven o'clock on ESPN.

posted at 6:20pm by roberth@walb.com

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