Food, folks and fun in Natchitoches

Updated: February 3, 2006, 1:31 PM ET
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

NATCHITOCHES, La. -- In an old rodeo hall in Louisiana's upper left-hand corner, Northwestern State assistant coach Mark Slessinger led the Demons through a Friday night preparation for a Saturday afternoon game. The team walked through several plays, then read the Texas State scouting reports aloud inside a tight circle of folding chairs. And then came the surprise guest.

"I want to introduce you to someone," Slessinger said, passing out sheets listing the 50 home and 50 away BracketBusters ...

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