Three men who have guided Rice football fortunes for 20 of the last 21 years gathered after the Owls' final practice of their 2011 Spring Drills on Friday. Ken Hatfield, who coached the Owls from 1994 to 2005, and Fred Goldsmith, who preceeded Hatfield as the Owls' head coach from 1989 to 1993, were invited to speak to the team by current head coach David Bailiff.
Hatfield and Goldsmith returned to Houston to participate in Friday's Rice Football golf outing, which will tee off at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club in Spring with a sellout field of golfers made up of lettermen, current and former staff and Owl fans.
The Owls will conclude their spring activities with their annual Blue-Gray Spring Football game at Rice Stadium on Saturday at 1:30.
Prior to the game, the Owls will hold a free football clinic for area youth. Registration opens at 11 a.m. The clinic will run from 11:30-12:30, followed by an autograph session.