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Austin Peay to host Tennessee Titans summer training camp

Austin Peay State University has been chosen to host the Tennessee Titans training camp this summer.

That announcement was made late Friday on the eve of the 2006 NFL player draft. The Titans also considered Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green as a potential training camp site.

According to the one-year agreement, APSU will serve as training camp host from Wednesday, July 26 to Friday, Aug. 11. Titans personnel will arrive prior to the July date to begin preparations.
Austin Peay State University has been chosen to host the Tennessee Titans training camp this summer.

That announcement was made late Friday on the eve of the 2006 NFL player draft. The Titans also considered Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green as a potential training camp site.

According to the one-year agreement, APSU will serve as training camp host from Wednesday, July 26 to Friday, Aug. 11. Titans personnel will arrive prior to the July date to begin preparations.

“I cannot think of any more appropriate or exciting way to kick off Austin Peay's return to scholarship football than to be the host site of the Titans' 2006 training camp,” APSU President Sherry Hoppe said. “This is truly a win-win situation. The Titans will have access to our outstanding facilities and will be assisted by our excellent staff. Austin Peay and the greater Clarksville-Montgomery County region will have the benefit of our state's home NFL team and their fans being in our community full time for two weeks.

“We are honored to have the APSU campus as the Titans home away from home this summer.”

“We are ecstatic about hosting the Titans,” APSU Athletics Director Dave Loos said. “We know how important this time is in preparing for the 2006 season. We will do everything in our power to ensure a successful camp.

“We certainly are appreciative the Titans are entrusting us with training camp. (Director of sales and operations) Stuart Spears has been extremely cooperative with us in this venture.”

Spears and Brent Akers, assistant director of sales and operations, met with APSU administration and staff March 20 and toured the campus. APSU submitted a proposal to the Titans in early April.

Although details of the relationship will be finalized this week, the Titans will use both Governors Stadium and Morgan Brothers Soccer Field as practice facilities. Two summers ago, a new Polytan artificial surface was installed at Governors Stadium. Last summer, APSU built its first on-campus soccer field.

In addition, the Titans will reside in campus housing and use the Morgan University Center cafeteria for its meals and meeting space.

“This agreement could not have been attainable if it were not for the willingness of so many people on this campus and the community coming together as a team,” Loos said. “It was the true essence of Austin Peay stepping forward.” — Brad Kirtley