This looks familiar: Portland State is holding an alumni football game and Don Read is going to coach it.
Read, Montana winningest football coach, and Mouse Davis will coach in both the all-alumni game and the Vikings' annual spring game, set for noon and 1 p.m. PDT on May 8, at PGE Park.
Both Read (1968-71 and 1981-85) and Davis (1975-80) were head coaches at PSU. Davis created the "run-and-shoot" that is the basis for today's spread offenses; Read went on to guide the Griz to the first Division I Football Championship in 1995, at the end of a 10-year stay in Missoula.
His tenure with the Griz began with a spring game that pitted his players against the alumni. Notably, the players lost three times to the alumns before winning a fourth (and final) matchup.
Now Read, 85-36 at UM, has a chance to improve that 1-3 mark against alumni.
"I've always had an appreciation for the tradition and history of Portland State football and it doesn't get much bigger than Don Read and Mouse Davis," said PSU coach Nigel Burton, a Vikings assistant under Tim Walsh from 2001-02.
Burton, who coached at Oregon State from 2003-07, replaced Jerry Glanville in December. Since then he's run across Davis, who retired as PSU's offensive coordinator after the 2008 season, several times.
Read is retired and living in Corvallis, Ore., where his son Bruce is Oregon State's special teams coach.
"We worked with (Bruce) at OSU and got to know Don at that time," said Burton. "We developed a great relationship with him, as well as Mouse. I talk on the phone with Mouse once or twice a week and he comes by practice.
"Though I have restricted Mouse's play-calling," Burton said of Davis. "He must include a certain number of runs."