As college season nears, annual NSU/I-Bowl luncheon today previews Demons’ prospects

LOOKING AHEAD:  Sixth-year Northwestern State football coach Brad Laird will preview the Demons’ 2023 season today at a luncheon at Superior’s Steakhouse in Shreveport. (Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwestern State).


Veteran head coach Brad Laird is the featured speaker today at the annual Northwestern State/Independence Bowl Kickoff Luncheon, sponsored by John and Lynne Manno, at Superior’s Steakhouse on the corner of Line and Pierremont avenues in Shreveport.

The Demons’ football coach will be in the spotlight at the luncheon, which was jointly launched by the I-Bowl Foundation and NSU in 1994, when he was a junior quarterback on his way to becoming NSU’s career passing leader. He still holds that mark and other school records.

The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. today, nine days ahead of NSU’s Sept. 2 season opener at UL Lafayette.

Cost for the all-inclusive lunch is $20 and includes salad, a plated meal and dessert. Reservations are being accepted by contacting the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl office at 318-221-0721. Attendees are asked to bring cash or check to the event.

“This is something that continues to excite our staff here at Northwestern State,” Director of Athletics Kevin Bostian said. “The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl has been a longtime partner of NSU Athletics, and we have a mutually beneficial relationship with the (Independence Bowl Executive Director) Missy Setters and her staff. Beyond the partnership, this is a signal that football season has arrived and gives our expansive alumni base in Shreveport a chance to get an inside look at the 2023 Demons.”