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Drake, Campbell presidents make high-“steaks” pigskin agreement

September 29, 2015
President Marty Martin, right, shakes on the agreement with President J. Bradley Creed.

President Marty Martin, right, shakes on the agreement with President J. Bradley Creed.

The presidents of Drake University and Campbell University have forged a high-“steaks” agreement in advance of their teams’ gridiron matchup on Saturday, Oct. 3.

If Drake’s Bulldogs emerge triumphant, Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed will fork over 5 pounds of Eastern North Carolina barbecue. If the Fighting Camels win, Drake University President Marty Martin will come through with eight Iowa Chops—which Martin described as a “seriously thick and succulent chop.”

The two leaders, who took office at their respective universities on July 1, met this summer at a Harvard University seminar for new presidents. They quickly became friends and bonded over a love of barbecue; before they knew it, they were sealing their agreement with a jovial handshake.

“Even though Bulldogs give up a little in height to Camels, our lower center of gravity combined with our tenaciousness should get us over the hump,” Martin predicted. “Putting a second check in the Pioneer Conference win column will make Brad’s gift of BBQ that much more tasty.”

Campbell University shared the news Monday via Facebook:

Bet's on! In advance of Saturday's gridiron meeting between Campbell and Drake, school presidents J. Bradley Creed and...

Posted by Campbell University on Monday, September 28, 2015

President Martin issued a confident tweet on Tuesday:


Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST in Buies Creek, N.C. It’s anybody’s game, but it’s safe to say the winner will be high on the hog.