Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TaxSlayer Bowl Notebook; City, Bowl Officials Huddle for Game Prep

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TaxSlayer Bowl Notebook; City, Bowl Officials Huddle for Game Prep

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Byline: Don Coble & Jeff Elliott

Officials from the TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, City Hall, Jacksonville Transportation Authority and SMG huddled at EverBank Field Tuesday to make sure the stadium was ready for Friday's game between Tennessee and Iowa.

Without exception, everyone gave it a thumbs-up.

"We're throwing a party and we want everyone to come," said Rick Catlett, Gator Bowl Sports president.

The game will follow the same college protocols used annually for the Florida-Georgia game, JSO Chief Leonard Propper said. That means bags will be searched and nobody is allowed to bring food or drink into the stadium.

Gates at EverBank Field for the 70th annual bowl game will open at 1:30 p.m., Catlett said.

Traffic, parking and shuttle information is posted at taxslayerbowl.com.

SUPPORT FOR BERRY

The back page of Tennessee's TaxSlayer Bowl media guide has three photos and the phrase #BERRYSTRONG to show support for former Vols safety Eric Berry.

Berry, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma early this month.

His younger twin brothers, kick returner Evan Berry and linebacker Elliott Berry, are on Tennessee's current roster. Both will be at EverBank Field for Friday's bowl game against Iowa.

The Berry brothers have declined to talk about their brother, team officials said.

Their father, James Berry, also played for the Volunteers. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards and scored 19 touchdowns between 1978-81.

STILL WRITING LETTERS

Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis has been involved in collegiate coaching since 1985, including a four-year stint as head coach at Tulane, where he was 14-31.

He's served as offensive coordinator at each of his last five stops, including Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas before joining the Iowa program three years ago in a similar position.

Davis has a long-standing policy that if a fan writes him a letter and includes his return address, Davis will respond to it. With Iowa losing three of its final four games after starting out 6-2, there were plenty of letters to respond to. …

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