May 26, 2005
Providence, RI - Four former Brown football student-athletes and seven members of the Bears' football staff, including head coach Phil Estes, will travel to Japan for the 2005 Ivy-Samurai Bowl on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at Tokyo's Komazawa Olympic Stadium.
The Bears will be on an all-star team featuring 50 players from seven Japanese universities. They will play a team led by the Columbia coaching staff that features four former Lions football players and 50 players from seven other Japanese universities.
Brown and Columbia will be playing in the second Ivy-Samurai Bowl. The first bowl was held last year, commemorating the 70th year anniversary of the Kanto (Greater Tokyo) College Football Association. The goal of the bowl game is promotion of friendship among college football players and coaches thorough the common love for the game, and to raise the level of the play in Kanto through the instruction of the US coaches by making the game as competitive as possible. Ivy League schools were invited for their high standards in both academia and football.
Brown will be represented on the playing field by quarterback Nick Marietti '05 (North Muskeegon, MI), inside linebacker Dan Doublin '05 (Edmond, OK), outside linebacker Anjel Gutierrez '05 (Bellflower, CA) and runningback Joe Rackley '03 (Richmond, VA). The Bears' coaching staff includes head coach Phil Estes, Assistant Head Coach Abbott Burrell, Defensive Coordinator Mike Kelleher, Offensive Line Coach Frank Sheehan, Defensive Line Coach Neil McGrath, Outside Linebackers Coach Paul Frisone, and Wide Receivers Coach Joe Leslie.
The Brown contingent will leave the United States on June 13 and practice with the Japanese All-Stars for four days in preparation for the game.