Colonels to open '12 season in Corvallis

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State University football team will open the 2012 football season in Corvallis, Ore., against the Oregon State Beavers of the Pac-12, Nicholls athletics director Rob Bernardi announced today.

The opener at OSU will mark the first time a Colonel football team will play a Pac-12 (formerly Pac-10) opponent.

“Part of what I want to do here at Nicholls is give our student-athletes a great experience,” said Nicholls football head coach Charlie Stubbs. “I had the pleasure of coaching at Oregon State for six years. This is now a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes to compete against a Pac-12 school and see the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Beavers head coach Mike Riley runs a first-class operation and we’re very much looking forward to the game.”

Oregon State is one of three FBS opponents on the Colonels’ 2012 schedule. Nicholls is slated to play Tulsa and South Alabama in non-conference contests as well.

“As we’re building our program, we need to play in these types of games,” said Coach Stubbs. “We’re bringing in competitive student-athletes who are eager to see to how they stack up against high-level competition.”

The Colonels open the 2011 season on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. against Evangel University at John L. Guidry Sta-dium in Thibodaux.

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Nicholls will host its Colonel Kickoff Luncheon at 12 p.m. this coming Monday at Envie Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Thibodaux. The cost to attend is $15. More information is available at

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