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A very long (and educational) road trip

The Rose-Hulman squad that will play this weekend in Italy features preseason all-American defensive back Paul Spreen. (Rose-Hulman photo)
May 29, 2008 1:23:00 AM

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Rose-Hulman’s football team will square off against an all-star team Sunday as the highlight of a nine-day tour of Italy.

The Engineers will play in the 2008 edition of the American Bowl against the LENAF (Lega Nazionale American Football) All Star Team, which features players from six Italian squads, including the host city’s team, the Muggia Mustangs.

It will be the fifth time a Division III football program has traveled to Italy for the game, which previously has paired the American guest against the Mustangs in the cities of Trieste and Muggia. Each of those cities hosted a game last year, when both Elmhurst and Minnesota-Morris played. Bluffton began the series in 2005 and North Central (Illinois) visited in 2006.

Rose-Hulman’s team departed Monday and is visiting Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan during the tour.

The game, scheduled at 6 p.m. Italian time (noon Eastern time), will be broadcast online at the American Bowl’s Web site. The site also features videos of the past two years’ contests.

This isn’t Rose-Hulman’s first trip abroad to play football. The Engineers played the French National Team in 2002 during a tour that featured stops in Paris and London.

Last season, the Engineers posted a 7-3 record, their best mark since 1995.

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