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Lengyel gives fans his bowl to-do list

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A former head football coach of the Green and White suggested some things for Marshall University fans to see and do while at the Military Bowl.

Jack Lengyel coached the Young Thundering Herd from 1971 to 1974 and was the U.S. Naval Academy athletic director in Annapolis for 13 years until retiring in 2001. Lengyel made facility improvements at Navy a priority. One of his projects was a $40 million expansion and renovation of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the site of Friday's bowl game.

Lengyel will be on a wagon led by the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales for the Military Bowl Parade starting Friday at 11 a.m. The parade will begin at City Dock and move up Main Street before eventually working its way to Rowe Boulevard and finishing on Taylor Avenue adjacent to the stadium. In 1997, Lengyel had an alley off historic Main Street in downtown Annanpolis named after him for his contributions to the area.

Lengyel, former Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich and Hershel "Woody" Williams of Ona, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, will serve as honorary game captains for the Herd. They will be at midfield for the coin toss. Lengyel will remain on the sideline and joined by his sons, David and Peter, both Naval Academy graduates. They were ball boys for their dad dad during the four years he coached at Marshall.

David Lengyel, a 1980 Navy graduate, is a Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and currently the Executive Director of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel at NASA Headquarters. Peter Lengyel, a Commander in the Navy and a 1984 graduate, is attending the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

Lengyel and his wife, Sandy, also have a daughter, Julie, and six grandchildren.

Jack Lengyel's Top 10 list of Military Bowl to-do items

1: Take Naval Academy tour from the Visitor Center at Gate No. 1 to the Naval Academy.

2: Visit the Naval Academy Chapel.

3: Visit the John Paul Jones crypt underneath the Naval Academy Chapel.

4: Visit the Naval Academy Museum located across the street from the Naval Academy Chapel.

5: Visit Bancroft Hall where 4,500 Naval Academy Midshipmen live.

6: Visit the Naval Academy Gift Shop that is part of the Visitor Center.

7: Visit the U.S. Capitol and see the room where George Washington turned in his sword (resigned from the Continental Army) and we became a Republic.

8: Visit Ego Alley in downtown Annapolis where the slaves disbarred, including Kunta Kinte. Some 1 million people visit the outdoor Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial each year. It is the only monument of its kind in the United States that commemorates the actual name and place of arrival of an enslaved African. Haley wrote the novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family." It also was a television miniseries.

9: Visit Pussers Carribean Grille on "Ego Alley" at The Marriott Annapolis Waterfront hotel in the heart of downtown. The British pub-style restaurant also has a bar and retail store. It's the only true "waterfront" restaurant in Annapolis.

10: Visit Mike's Crab House or Cantler's Riverside Inn (waterfront restaurant and crab house) for a great Chespeake crab dinner. At Mike's, patrons can arrive by boat as the facility has free dockage.

After all this, Lengyel encouraged Herd fans to tailgate before the game to complete the experience. His cry: "Go Herd!"

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