Bowl game drops ball on Tech’s Marsden, others

Montana Tech defensive back Xavier Marsden played in 12 games and picked off one pass for The Ordiggers in 2015. (Bill Foley photo)

Former Montana Tech defensive back Xavier Marsden was one of about 80 athletes left out in the cold Monday when the USA College Football Bowl was abruptly canceled.

The game, which was supposed to be played in Savannah, Georgia, is billed as an opportunity for players with no remaining eligibility to get the chance to showcase their talent in front of scouts and agents. That didn’t happen.

According to WTVM TV, when fans and players arrived for the game Monday, USA College Football Bowl officials told them they didn’t have enough players, coaches or jerseys to play a game.

As you can expect, that didn’t sit well with the players.

“A lot of top end athletes were out here to get themselves in front of a lot of big time scouts and agents that he told us were going to be here,” Marsden told the TV station. “We all get here and it was just like another pick-up game pretty much, there were players that quit the first day.”

Some players told WTVM that they had to pay an $800 registration fee to compete in the game. Marsden said athletic trainers were not even available to the team for practices.

“You could tell there was a lot of dysfunction and disorganization,” Marsden’s father, Paul Marsden, told the TV station. “People not knowing what’s going on and kids not having any direction about what was happening. Just a big disappointment. I feel sorry for all the kids out here, they worked hard to be here graduating from college. Very ashamed of this organization and what they have done and how they handled this here.”

The USA College Football Bowl was founded in 1996. Monday was supposed to be the 21st game.

Xavier Marsden, who is from La Mirada, California, played three seasons for the Orediggers. He played in all 12 games in 2015, picking off one pass, to help the Orediggers win the Frontier Conference Championship.

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