SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 17, 2004--The Moorpark
College Raiders will battle the College of the Desert Roadrunners in
the fifth annual U.S. Bank Beach Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.
at Santa Monica College's Corsair stadium. Coaches and players from
both teams will preview the game at a news conference Friday, Nov. 19
at 11:30 a.m. at the U.S. Bank branch located at 400 Wilshire
Boulevard in Santa Monica.
The game features two teams coming off extremely successful
seasons, both ranked in the top 15 in the California Community College
Football Poll for Southern California. Finishing the season by winning
its last two games, College of the Desert completed a 6-4 campaign,
earning Southern California's 14th place ranking, its first bowl bid
since 1994 and a match-up with the 12th ranked Moorpark College
Raiders. Moorpark, which also finished 6-4, returns to the bowl scene
after missing out on a bowl in 2003.
"It's just an honor to be part of it all again. We got so used to
it, it became something we just expected. After missing it last year,
we're happy to be back into it again," said Moorpark head coach Jim
Bittner. "We are excited about playing College of the Desert and Coach
Swearingen, he's one of the premier coaches in Southern California,"
said Bittner. "He's just outstanding. He'll have that team ready, I
The U.S. Bank Beach Bowl became part of the California Community
College bowl series in 2000 when Santa Monica College defeated Citrus
College in the inaugural game. The game's success continued in 2001,
2002 and 2003 with victories by Glendale College, LA Harbor College
and Fullerton College. U.S. Bank's assistance was integral to the
sanctioning of the game.
"We are very grateful that U.S. Bank continues to sponsor this
bowl game which means a lot to our school and community college
football. We deeply appreciate our year-round partnership with U.S.
Bank in putting together what should be another incredibly exciting
game," said Dr. Rhonda Hyatt, Santa Monica athletic director and game
College of the Desert is a two-year community college in Palm
Desert and a member of the Commission on Athletics, with a full-time
enrollment of 3,550 and student count of 10,350. It provides students
with opportunities and encouragement to learn the skills, knowledge
and behaviors needed to succeed in their chosen endeavors.
Moorpark College is nestled in the foothills in 134 acres between
the cities of Simi Valley and Moorpark. The college has served the
citizens of the Ventura County since it opened in 1967 with a current
enrollment of approximately 14,500 students. Through its continued
attention to quality and innovation, Moorpark College has become one
of the top community colleges in the nation.
U.S. Bank is continuing its support of Santa Monica and the entire
Los Angeles and Orange County areas, where it has contributed more
than $500,000 in grants during 2004. U.S. Bank is part of U.S. Bancorp
(NYSE:USB). With $193 billion in assets, U.S. Bancorp is the 6th
largest financial services holding company in the United States. The
company operates 2,346 banking offices and 4,621 ATMs in 24 states,
and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to
consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the
Five Star Service Guarantee in which the company pays customers if
certain key banking benefits and services are not met. Visit U.S.
Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
CONTACT: U.S. Bank Sponsorships
Troy Morrison, 858-642-4639
SOURCE: U.S. Bank