Portland State is not a football powerhouse. If they get national publicity, it most likely is because of something that happened off the field.
In this case, the bar.
Head coach Bruce Barnum made a bold announcement last week, saying if fans came to his team’s game against Western Oregon, he would pay for the beer.
The fans showed up. Thirsty. And reality hit hard for the coach who has an annual salary of about $200,000.
There were 786 Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA’s ordered by the fans in the stands.
They also threw down 1,260 Coors Lights. That’s over 2,000 beers.
What was a clever little publicity stunt took on some real life ramifications for the coach.
“I was thinking…pandemic…college football hasn’t been around, let’s kinda get a little crew and have beers on top of the roof like Shawshank Redemption, but this blew up a little too much.”
According to a story in Outkick, the tab came to $14,448.
Barnum said he is going to pay the bill. He’s good for it. His stunt did result in over 3,000 fans showing up for the game.
By the way, Portland State has another home game Saturday. It’s supposed to be 81 degrees. No word if the coach is breaking out the credit card again.