FCS head coach pays more than $14,000 bar tab for fans who attended Week 3 game
Portland State head coach Bruce Barnum might now be the most popular man in Portland. Maybe even all of college football.
Before Portland’s Week 3 home game against Western Oregon, Barnum promised that he would purchase beer at Barny’s Beer Garden for fans who attended the contest. He paid a pretty steep price.
According to the tab posted from Barnum’s Twitter account, the bill amounted to $14,448 as fans guzzled down 2,064 beers. The receipt indicates that 1,260 Coors Lights and 786 Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPAs were consumed.
Barnum made the offer during a local radio show.
— Bruce Barnum (@CoachBarnum69) September 21, 2021
“I’ve got to get people to see my kids,” Barnum said to OregonLive.com. “I like my team. I’ve got a deal for you, anybody who heard me on your show — just say, ‘I heard Barney on the BFT’ at Barny’s Beer Garden and I’ll buy your beer. I’m not buying your ticket, but I’ll buy your beer.”
At that price point, Barnum can’t afford to do that too often. But it was a great way to get fans involved in Portland State football and enjoy a few free beers.
Portland State is currently 1-2 on the season, but suffered losses to FBS programs Hawaii and Washington State. The Vikings posted a 21-7 victory over Western Oregon. This week, they’ll play Montana State.