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A college football coach covered a $14,000 bar tab after offering to buy fans beers for coming to a game

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Bruce Barnum looks on during a game.
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  • Portland State coach Bruce Barnum offered to buy fans beer if they came to a game last weekend.

  • Barnum posted a photo to Twitter of a bill worth $14,448 in beer.

  • Barnum said he was told that fans had a blast and he hoped people would return for another game.

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Portland State football's head coach Bruce Barnum followed through on his promise to get fans to come to a game.

Prior to a matchup against Western Oregon last weekend, Barnum went on the "John Canzano BFT Podcast" and offered to buy fans who came to their game a beer.

"I've got a deal for you," Barnum said. "Anybody who heard me on your show... just say, 'I heard Barney on the BFT' at the Barny Beer Garden and I'll buy your beer.

"I'm not buying your ticket, but I'll buy your beer."

Barnum added: "I've got to get people to see my kids. I like my team."

Barnum made good on his deal. He posted a photo to Twitter of a bar tab for $14,448 bill. The bill consisted of 1,260 Coors Lights and 786 Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPAs.

It appears the beers were sold at Portland State's Hillsboro Stadium. In an interview with KPTV, Barnum said he hoped the stadium cut fans off at the third quarter, per the school's policy (and to the benefit of Barnum's bank account).

It's possible that the receipt Barnum posted isn't the real tab. Some Twitter users noted that the individual beers didn't add up to the total listed on the receipt (nor were prices attached).

In an interview with KGW News earlier in the week, Barnum said he was still waiting for the final total, but believed he was told that he paid for 2,016 beers.

Still, Barnum said he was "good" for the bill, regardless, and said he may consider continuing the promotion.

"I was told by the brass immediately after the game that everybody had a blast," Barnum said. "I'm good for it. I hope that brings somebody back."

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