Taco Bell reverses course, keeps Michigan St promo

The Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Free tacos are back on the menu for Michigan State basketball fans this season.

For years, Taco Bell locations in and around East Lansing gave out a free taco to fans with a ticket stub from a game where the Spartans scored at least 70 points. That led fans to chant ''We want tacos'' at the team's home court as the team approached the 70-point threshold.

Taco Bell ended the promotion this season, but fans who apparently didn't hear of the change have been lining up at Taco Bell locations after games.

On Wednesday, Taco Bell announced it was retaining the giveaway at 10 of its area restaurants through this season.

''Our local franchisee is grateful for the passionate Taco Bell fans at Michigan State University and is exploring exciting new partnerships with MSU Athletics,'' Taco Bell Corp. said in an email statement to The Associated Press. ''As a thank you to fans, customers with an MSU basketball game ticket can still get a free taco at the locations below for the remainder of the season when the team scores at least 70 points.''

Michigan State associate athletic director Paul Schager said the promotion had been in place since 2004 and has been very popular.

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