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2/11/2005 Celebration to honor Linfield? national football champions

McMINNVILLE - A celebration honoring the championship season of the Linfield College football team will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gym at Linfield.

The event is free and open to public.

The program will include remarks by Linfield President Vivian A. Bull, McMinnville Mayor Ed Gormley, Athletic Director Scott Carnahan and Coach Jay Locey. Team members, coaches and staff will be introduced and the national championship trophy will be formally presented. A brief video highlighting the season will also be shown.

Linfield went 13-0 to win its first national championship in 18 years and fourth overall. The Wildcats also captured NAIA Division II crowns in 1982, 1984 and 1986.

Locey, in his ninth season, was named national coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association and Football Gazette. Quarterback Brett Elliott, who set NCAA passing records for yards and touchdowns, was a unanimous first team All-American.

The Wildcats won their fifth straight Northwest Conference championship and clinched a 49th consecutive winning season to extend their national all-divisions record.