• The Japan Times


Koshien Bowl organizers announced on Friday that a pair of Japanese collegiate coaches will be invited to the Pro Bowl, the NFL’s annual postseason All-Star showcase.

The two coaches — one on offense and one on defense — will be given access to all the coaches’ and players’ meetings, practices and Q&A sessions with the NFL coaches, and they will wear headsets during the game. They will also able to visit the locker rooms before and after the game, which will be played on Jan. 31 in Honolulu.

The pair will be announced on Sunday, when the Koshien Bowl, Japan’s national collegiate championship, will be played between Kyoto’s Ritsumeikan University and Tokyo’s Waseda University, at Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

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