The 2012 East-West Shrine Game is one of the oldest traditions in college football, an all-star game that dates back to 1925. Players from the western part of the United States battle against players from the eastern portion of the country, hoping to improve their NFL Draft status. Here are the details of this year's event:
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida
Time: 1 p.m. PST
TV: NFL Network, with Paul Burmeister on play-by-play, Mike Mayock andas analysts, and Rebecca Haarlow reporting from the sidelines.
Radio/Streaming: The game will be available via radio and via smartphones with the Tunein radio app. Patrick Kinas and Brian Jordan will call the game, with Rick Berkey on the sidelines.
Coaches: Former NFL head coaches Brad Childress and Bobby Ross are the two coaches for the game
Charity: All benefits and proceeds go to The Shriners Hospital for Children. For more information, visit shrinegame.com.
Series History: Saturday is the 87th East-West Shrine Game, with the West holding a 45-36-5 advantage. There are 246 former Shrine Game players currently on NFL rosters.
Local Players: Running back Marc Tyler and defensive tackle DaJohn Harris are representing the USC Trojans; tight end Cory Harkey of the UCLA Bruins is also on the West team. Tyler is excited for the opportunity to play in front of NFL scouts and coaches, tweeting this:
Game Day!! NFL network 4pm and 1pm cali time.. #closer2mydreams #trojans