Duck Dynasty is a certified cultural phenomenon. 

At 11.77 million viewers, last August’s season 4 premier was the largest for a non-fiction telecast in the history of cable televison. There’s enough Duck Dynasty memorabilia to fill a Wal-Mart – to say nothing of Duck Commander, on which the Robertson empire was built – and it seems as if a different long-bearded man has a new book out every time I hit the grocery store check out line.

Until now, Louisiana Tech had gobbled up all the sports-related publicity within the Duck Dynasty universe thanks to patriarch Phil’s colorful career as a Bulldogs quarterback. But considering Duck Commander makes its headquarters in West Monroe, La., it only makes sense for Louisiana-Monroe to attach its name to such a popular brach of the pop culture tree. 

And now they are.

The Warhawks are auctioning off a chance to participate in the opening coin toss with Willie Robertson – Phil’s son, and the brains behind the Duck Commander operation – for the opener against Wake Forest on Aug. 28. (Side note: How did ULM get Wake Forest for its opener?) The winning bid will receive airfare for two, a one-night hotel stay, a photo op on the field, two tickets to ULM’s Talons Club, a $100 Duck Commander gift certificate, and a trip to the Duck Commander warehouse. 

Also, you’re not going to believe this, but August 28 is also camo night at Malone Stadium. 

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.