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Sun Bowl Association Announces WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Line Up

On Wednesday, the Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank announced the match-ups for the 57th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

The four-team tournament includes two top-100 (RPI) teams and a former UTEP-conference rival from the Western Athletic Conference. Wyoming returns to El Paso for the holiday tournament and joins East Tennessee State, Norfolk State and home team, UTEP on the hardwood.

“We appreciate all the hard work that the Sun Bowl committee puts into hosting this tournament and finding quality opponents to compete in it year in and year out,” said UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry.

East Tennessee State, who is making its first appearance in the oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament in the nation, will open against Wyoming at 5 p.m. (MST) in the Don Haskins Center.  Wyoming is making its second appearance in the tournament. The first time the Cowboys played in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational was in 2007, going 1-1 that year.

UTEP will open the tournament against Norfolk State, which is making its third appearance in the Invitational after making it to the championship game in 2015.

The Miners have played in every tournament since it began in 1961.

In 2009, the tournament was renamed to honor former UTEP head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Don Haskins. “The Bear” coached at UTEP from 1961 to 1999, winning 719 games and making 14 postseason appearances. Haskins famously led the Miners to victory in the 1966 National Championship game over Adolph Rupp and the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.

Officials added, “The Sun Bowl Association would like to thank WestStar Bank for supporting the nation’s oldest holiday basketball tournament as it has been the title sponsor for 10 consecutive years.”

The tournament will be held in the Don Haskins Center, Friday and Saturday, December 21-22.

Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

5 p.m. (MST) – East Tennessee State vs. Wyoming

7 p.m. (MST) – Norfolk State vs. UTEP

Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018

5 p.m. (MST) – Consolation Game

7 p.m. (MST) – Championship Game

Scott Mann Introduced as Sun Bowl Association’s 85th President

The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas announced Scott Mann is its 85th President for the 2018-19 year this weekend.

As president, Mann will be the spokesman for the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, as well as the general supervisor of the various association committees and activities.

“Mann’s vast experience and love for the El Paso community is a huge benefit for the Sun Bowl Association,” Olivas said. “His knowledge of the Sun Bowl Association makes him a great fit to lead our Board. We are all looking forward to another great year with Scott at the helm.”

Mr. Mann is an attorney and partner in long-time El Paso law firm, Kemp Smith’s Trial Department.  He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  The primary focus of his law practice is the defense of healthcare providers in the state and federal courts of Texas and New Mexico, as well as before licensing boards in both states.

Mann will oversee the Association’s continued commitment to El Paso through various events, including the 85th Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 31, 2018. The Sun Bowl Association puts on a variety of other community events, including the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, the Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade and the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

Over the years, Mr. Mann has participated in a variety of capacities with the Association. He was a member of the basketball committee in 2008 and was part of the golf committee from 2008-2012 and again in 2014.

Mann joined the Board of Directors in 2009 and has been the Association’s Vice President of Legal Affairs since 2012.

Scott Mann is married to Tekla and together they have three children; Reese, Caroline and Walt.

Joining the 85th president of the association on the Board of Directors are Stuart Sliva (President-Elect), Natalia Flores (Executive Vice President), Bill Coon (Immediate Past President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus),  Tamara Gladkowski (Secretary), John Aranda (Treasurer), Bryan Crowe (VP Community Relations), Robert Dunlop (VP Marketing), Scott Mann (VP Legal Affairs), Wayne Thornton (VP Public Relations), Michael Guerra (VP Volunteers), Barry Kobren (Basketball Chairman), Asher Feinberg (CBS Host Chairman), Linda Smith (Coronation Chair), John Folmer (Football Chairman), Mark Pelletier (Golf Chairman), Jim Lawrence (Parade Chairman), Art Muñoz (VP Special Events), Allen Rystad (Provisions Chairman), Richard Dayoub (Board Member)Ernest Eisenberg (Board Member), Travis Hughes (Board Member), Michelle Kaip (Board Member), Richard Limas (Board Member), Victor Rueda (Board Member), Victor Salazar (Board Member), James O. Stewart III (Board Member) and Tony Valtier (Board Member).

The 2018 Sun Bowl Association Board of Advisors is made up of past presidents Amen Ayoub, Steve Beltran, Walker Crowson, Linda East, Chris Mott, Marilyn Munden, Mike Rogers, Joe Valenzuela, along with members Joana Alferez, Ruben Batista, Gil Blancas, Joseph Bocanegra, Cassandra Davisson, Celia Dubrule, David Forti, Greg Groves, Frank Hernandez, Brian Kennedy, Tommy Lewis, David Lindhuber, Leila Melendez, Andre Miranda, David Morales, Cindy Ramos Davidson, Terri Rangel, Jim Senter, Jeff Stevens, Eric Swanson, Brad Taylor, Brooke Underwood, Pat Valdez-Rios, Mario Vega and Rebekah Wierson.

For more information about the Hyundai Sun Bowl visit their website.

UTEP, GECU Partner on New Vision For Sun Bowl Stadium

UTEP President Diana Natalicio, Director of Athletics Jim Senter and GECU President and CEO Crystal Long unveiled a vision for the future of Sun Bowl Stadium in a press conference on Friday at the Larry K. Durham Sports Center.

The project will bring spectacular, widespread enhancements to the 55-year-old iconic venue – from a new press box and Sky Lounge to the introduction of the GECU Terrace.  Other components of the Sun Bowl project include a renovated concourse with modernized fan amenities, restrooms and ADA capabilities.

“The planned renovation of Sun Bowl Stadium is a key step in our continued campus transformation that enhances the overall experience of our students, faculty, staff and visitors,” President Natalicio said. “We are grateful for the collaboration and support of our longtime community partner GECU as we begin modernizing this iconic facility that serves not only the UTEP campus but the entire region.”

“One of the most beautiful stadiums in college football will become even more breathtaking,” Senter said.  “We thank GECU for their partnership, their commitment and their investment in helping get this project underway.”

Located directly beneath the press box, the GECU Terrace will feature club seats, loge boxes and outdoor cantinas.  GECU Terrace will be a collaborative place for families to gather year-round to support UTEP, and will also impact the lives of community members through GECU’s financial education and free tax preparation initiatives.  It is targeted for completion in 2019, along with the all-new press box and Sky Lounge, which will replace the existing Captain’s Club.

“We’re excited to unveil the GECU Terrace,” Long said.  “As a proud partner with UTEP, we work together and share the common goal of improving lives for generations to come.”

For more information, visit the project website or contact the Miner Athletic Club via phone (915-747-8759) or e-mail (

Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament Returning for 2018; Early Registration Encouraged

The Sun Bowl Association reached its max capacity for the number of youth soccer teams participating in the 2017 annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament and is hoping to replicate that for the 2018 tournament.

This year’s tournament is set for June 8-10 at the West Side Soccer Complex in El Paso.

“Our job here with the Sun Bowl Association is to put on quality events for the city, and this is just another of the many events the Association produces,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “As a non-profit organization our goal is to put on a great event for the community and especially for the youth of El Paso. We are working to make each event better and better and this tournament has grown from the humble beginnings of 48 teams to the nearly 200 teams that participated in 2017.”

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament brings together soccer teams from El Paso, Juarez, Albuquerque, Tucson, Las Cruces, Midland, Odessa and surrounding areas to compete together in friendly competition.

The tournament is open to boys and girls that range from U6 to U19.

“Teams and the community appreciate this tournament,” said Joe Daubach, the Special Events Director for the Sun Bowl Association. “It’s exciting to challenge all of our volunteers to take this tournament to the next level year after year. We strive to promote El Paso, while encouraging visitors to stay in hotels and eat in local restaurants. Teams leave with a great outlook about El Paso.”

Teams can save money by signing up for the tournament before May 10.  The “Early Bird Entry Fee” is as follows:

U6 to U8–$200;

U9 to U12 – $325;

U13 to U19 – $375.

Teams that sign up after May 10 will be charged the full entry fee.  Entry fee for teams signing up after May 10 is as follows:

U6 to U8– $225;

U9 to U12 – $350;

U13 to U19 – $400.

Teams will be accepted until a bracket is complete. For more information on the 2018 Annual Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament,

For more information about the tournament, please contact the Sun Bowl Association at 915-533-4416 or go online.

Video: The Sun Bowl: El Paso’s Premiere Event | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.


The Sun Bowl is one of the oldest traditions in college football storied history, with the first Sun Bowl played on January 1st, 1935 as a fundraising event for a local club, and has grown into one of El Paso’s top national attractions. With its stadium nestled between two mountains, it has become a piece of Southwestern sports history.

Directed, Edited and Motion Graphics by Tony Dueñez (Sir Realistic Productions
Music by Mano Sol

Thanks to Hyundai Sun Bowl

Executive Director – Bernie Olivas

Marketing Director – Jay Pritchard

Media Relations Director – Eddie Moralos

Sun Court Now Accepting Applications for 2018

The Sun Court has been around since the first Sun Bowl game in 1935 and the tradition continues for 2018.  Now area young women can apply to take their place among the Sun Court Royalty.

“We are hoping that getting the application out earlier will allow those interested in applying to look at their schedules so that they can be a part of all the events we have,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “This is a great tradition for the Sun Bowl and for El Paso. We tend to get some of the best women in the community to represent the Sun Bowl Association and the City of El Paso.”

In order to be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria. All Sun Princesses must be within the ages of 18-22 as of September 1, 2018. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 credit hours and must hold a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 grading scale. Applicants may not hold any other title, as well as never being married and have not had any children.

If the applicants meet these requirements they must submit their application, official transcript, professional resume, a 5×7 color head shot, and an essay by Friday, June 15, 2018. Applications are available online.

The essay may contain no more than 500 words explaining their; community involvement, activities, awards, employment, and simply information on themselves and why they would like to be a Sun Princess.

Interviews will held at 4150 Pinnacle Street, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 starting at 9 a.m.  All applicants will be notified with their interview schedule after the application deadline on Friday, June 15, 2018.

If applicants are selected as a 2018 Sun Princess, they will then be eligible for the Sun Queen competition in 2019. The 2018 Sun Queen will be based on the performance of the 2017 Sun Princesses during the Sun Bowl events of that year.

Any and all questions can be answered by Amber Herrera either by email ( or by phone at (915)-533-4416.

This year’s Sun Court Coronation will be on Saturday, August 1, 2018.

Wolfpack Run Over Sun Devils In Record-Setting Fashion To Win Sun Bowl 52-31

Not one, not two, but three rushing touchdowns for North Carolina State’s running back Nyheim Hines in the first half proved to be the difference for the Wolfpack as they defeated Arizona State 52-31 in the 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl.

The Wolfpack controlled the game from the start, forcing a fumble on the second play from scrimmage and turnovers proved to be costly for the Sun Devils as quarterback Manny Wilkins was intercepted three times to swing momentum back to the Wolfpack just when it seemed they were creeping back into the contest.

Hines’ three scores earned him game MVP honors accounting for half of the the rushing touchdowns for the Wolfpack on the day setting a new Sun Bowl record of six.

“This is all due to the offensive line, they did a great job blocking, we’ve had two thousand-yard rushers the past two years so this is a testament to all the offensive linemen,” Hines said. “It’s an honor (to win MVP) it’s really humbling, I didn’t think things like this were possible when I was younger.”

The Sun Devils looked to be gaining momentum after trailing 21-3 late in the second quarter, cutting the Wolfpack lead 21-10, but a failed onside kick gave the ball back to NC State with just over two minutes on the clock.

The Wolfpack took advantage as quarterback Ryan Finley hit Jakobi Meyers on a flat route who then broke a tackle for a 25-yard touchdown to take a 28-10 lead with one minute left in the half.

A muffed punt by Hines in the third quarter gave ASU life who trailed by 21 at that point. The Sun Devils gave it right back after quarterback, Manny Wilkins threw the ball into double coverage to be intercepted by Jarius Morehead for a touch back ending any momentum for ASU.

“I don’t think we turned the ball over four times in one game all year, I don’t think we turned it over twice in one game and that was the difference in the game,” ASU head coach, Todd Graham said. “We have to give them a lot of credit, they’re a very good football team. They came out and we just couldn’t stop them, I don’t think they punted the ball at all in the first half. You have to play better defense than that to have a chance.”

Graham, was fired hours after defeating in-state rival, Arizona, to become bowl eligible and was still tasked to coach the Sun Devils in the Sun Bowl.

Former NFL head coach and ESPN commentator, Herm Edwards, is replacing Graham as their head man.

“It’s very uncomfortable and it’s hard not to have emotion,” Graham said. “I’m going to coach until they throw dirt on my head, I’m going to be a football coach. This has been, for my wife and I, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s great for them to be here, my son Michael was with us, there was a lot of tears but really no sadness, I’ve go a full heart.”

The Wolfpack controlled nearly every facet of the game, from their record-setting six rushing touchdowns, forcing four turnovers and time of possession, holding the ball for just over 32 minutes.

“We were dominating the line of scrimmage, running the ball, catching it, throwing it,” NC State head coach, Dave Doeren , said. “I just think we got hot and finished drives, guys really started fast, got a takeaway and did some really good things.”

Doeren congratulated players and coaches on the field after the game, but suddenly stopped to dance with his wife.

“They were playing Marty Robbins’ El Paso, great song. Had to dance that one,” Doeren said.


Despite the comeback attempts, the Wolfpack kept countering with scores of their own and applying pressure to Wilkins all game long as linebacker, Airius Moore, intercepted Wilkins with just under one minute left to play to seal the win for the Wolfpack.

“We showed that we’re a great defense, (Bradley) Chubb is a great player, but the guys that filled his spot stepped up so that’s big for us it just shows that we’re a complete team,” Moore said. “It felt good (getting the interception), I’m a senior, I wish I didn’t take that knee but that’s just how it happened.”

Chubb elected to not play in the bowl game as he prepares for the NFL and is projected to be a top 10 draft pick.

“This team is a great team with or without me, I knew that from the get go…this team didn’t need me to play, they have so many great players,” Chubb said. “That’s why I didn’t come out and say it publicly that I wasn’t playing, because I didn’t want the focus to be on me. This is a great team that got us to the Sun Bowl and I’m happy for them.”

El Paso Herald-Post Complete coverage continues:

Monster’s Musings: El Paso Shines with Sun Bowl Game

Story in Many Pics: 84th Annual Sun Bowl

Story in Many Pics: 84th Annual Sun Bowl

Under skies that CBS Sports called ‘Chamber of Commerce-Perfect Weather,’  the Arizona State Sun Devils and the North Carolina State Wolfpack took to the field in the 84th Annual Sun Bowl.

It was also the 50th consecutive year the bowl game as been carried by CBS Sports.  In the end, the Wolfpack downed the Sun Devils 52 to 31.

Our very own Chief Photographer Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

To view our complete coverage, click below

Monster’s Musings: El Paso Shines with Sun Bowl Game

Wolfpack Run Over Sun Devils In Record-Setting Fashion To Win Sun Bowl 52-31

Monster’s Musings: El Paso Shines with Sun Bowl Game

On a beautiful Friday afternoon in front of 39,897 fans, the 84th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl took place between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

As it turned out, the Sun Devils were no match for the Wolfpack as NC State easily won the game by a score of 52-31

Once again the Hyundai Sun Bowl proved that it is the signature sporting event for the city of El Paso. This is the one event that truly showcases the greatness of El Paso. It starts as soon as the teams arrive in the city and it continues up to the kickoff of the game. And for the fans visiting the city to support their teams, they are treated to a number of great events from the Fan Fiesta that features the battle of the bands to the free tailgate party on top of south parking garage on game day.

84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl between North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Arizona State Sun Devils, Sun Bowl Stadium, December 29, 2017

Speaking of the visiting fans, they really had a good time here in the Sun City. Whether it was seeing some of the historic sites in town or eating some great authentic Mexican food, everyone seemed to enjoy it. One fan told me the game was “the icing on the cake.”

And that’s what the Sun Bowl feels like…a big party. And that’s what it should be. This should be the one event of the year that El Pasoans let their hair down and go have a good time at a football game because we all know that they’re not getting that at a UTEP game.

This is what a big time college football game feels like.

As I was walking the sidelines I couldn’t help but notice how the fans were into the game. They were cheering or yelling on almost every play.

Yes, the game itself might have not been competitive but at least both teams scored some

84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl between North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Arizona State Sun Devils, Sun Bowl Stadium, December 29, 2017

points. I think you’d agree with me that I’d rather see a high scoring game than a low scoring defense game. Let’s leave the low scoring games for the college playoffs. People come to bowl games to see points being scored, and that’s what they got today.

As for the game, the Wolfpack dominated most of the game, even though the Sun Devils tried to make a comeback in the 4th quarter but in reality this game was over by halftime as the Wolfpack was up 28-10. The NC State offense was too much for ASU to handle as they rushed for 177 yards, passed for over 300 yards and had almost 500 yards of total offense. ASU had 469 yards of total offensive themselves but most of those yards came well after the game was already out of hand.

I’m sure some ASU fans left sad because of the final score, but I’m pretty sure that overall they’re happy with their experience here in El Paso. As for the NC State fans, I’m sure they’re gonna continue to celebrate all the way back home.

Let’s talk about the weather, It’s called the Sun Bowl for a reason folks, And today’s game was a great representation of that as the high was 70 degrees with no clouds in sight; not only is the weather great, but it also looks great on TV. It is no wonder CBS has televised the game nationally for over 50 years now.

I will always say that the Sun Bowl is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. I don’t know of that many stadiums that are in the middle of a mountain and that makes the Sun Bowl as unique as El Paso is, and today they both shined bright.

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Story in Many Pics: 84th Annual Sun Bowl

Wolfpack Run Over Sun Devils In Record-Setting Fashion To Win Sun Bowl 52-31

Gallery+Video: Arizona State, NC State Arrive for Friday’s Sun Bowl

The tradition continued Christmas Day, as the squads from Arizona State and NC State arrived in El Paso for the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Gallery and Video by Andres Acosta, El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer







Arizona State Arrival

Arizona State arrival in the Sun City for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl #Epheraldpost

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Monday, 25 December 2017

NC State Arrival

North Carolina State Wolfpack arrival in the Sun City for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl #epheraldpost

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Monday, 25 December 2017

Nationally Ranked NC State to Face Arizona State in 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that No. 24 North Carolina State University will take on Arizona State University in the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.

The game is scheduled for Friday, December 29 at 1 p.m. (MT) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

NC State comes into the game 8-4 on the year finishing the regular season ranked No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings while its opponent out of the Pac-12, Arizona State, is heading to El Paso for the second time in four years after finishing with a 7-5 overall record and a 6-3 conference record.

“We feel this matchup will make for another great game here at the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “We cannot wait for the teams to arrive here to the Borderland so that we can show them a great time.  As we have seen in the past, teams that come to the Sun Bowl normally have future professional players on the team and we are ecstatic that they will get to perform in front of the best football fans around.”

NC State will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance, all under head coach Dave Doeren. In Doeren’s seven-year stint as a head coach, he has advanced to the postseason six times. The Wolfpack finished 6-2 in the ACC, tying the most conference wins in a single season all-time at NC State.

ASU will play in its 30th bowl game overall and the team’s sixth bowl appearance in the last seven seasons. It will be the Sun Devils’ sixth appearance in the Sun Bowl. This marks the third meeting between ASU and NC State, and the Sun Devils hold an 8-10 record all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Sun Devils last faced the Wolfpack in 1974, a 35-14 loss in Tempe, while defeating NC State at home in a 25-22 effort during the 1960 season.

“The buzz is there at Arizona State and at the end of the day all of this is about the kids and about football,” said ASU graduate and football selection committee chairman John Folmer said,  “We want to make sure that the team, the coaches and the families all have a great time when they are in El Paso.”

Tickets for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 29 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT).

All information for the game can be viewed online through the link available at Customers and fans can also call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

Appearances in Sun Bowl

North Carolina State (0-0)



Arizona State (3-1-1)

Tie vs. Catholic, 0-0 (Jan. 1, 1940)

Loss vs. Western Reserve, 26-13 (Jan. 1, 1941)

Win vs. Iowa, 17-7 (Dec. 31, 1997)

Win vs. Purdue, 27-23 (Dec. 31, 2004)

Win vs. Duke, 36-31 (Dec. 27, 2014)


About the universities

North Carolina State

Location: Raleigh, N.C.

Enrollment: 34,015

Founded: 1887

Nickname: Wolf Pack

School Colors: Red (PMS-186) and White

Stadium (capacity): Wayne Day Family Field (57,600)

Surface: Natural Grass

Conference: Atlantic Coast

Chancellor: Dr. Randy Woodson

Athletic Director: Deborah A. Yow

Previous Bowl Appearance: 2016 Independence Bowl


Arizona State

Location: Tempe, Ariz.

Founded: 1885

Nickname: Sun Devils

Colors: Maroon and Gold

Enrollment: 82,000

Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium (67,704 capacity)

Conference: Pacific-12

President: Dr. Michael Crow

Athletic Director: Ray Anderson

Previous Bowl Appearance: 2015 Cactus Bowl

Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Voting Now Open in “A’Door’n” Contest; Winning Elementary Class to Attend Sun Bowl

Elementary students all across the El Paso region had the opportunity to submit an entry into the “A’DOOR’N The Schools” Door Decorating contest for a chance to win tickets to the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl with classmates.

“We are impressed with the entries we received, especially because this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to do something like this,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas.  “The entries we received reflect the artistic and creative minds we have in the El Paso school systems.”

The entries have been submitted and now it is time for everyone to vote for the winner.  The top entries have been posted on the Hyundai Sun Bowl Facebook page and will be up from Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 a.m. (MST) until, Friday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. (MST).

The classroom entry picture with the highest number of “likes” will be notified by phone on Monday, December 11. Click here to view the contestants.

A maximum of 30 students from one class in El Paso will win tickets and also be provided a hot dog and beverage during the game by following the rules, regulations and submission process of the contest.

Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, CBS Sports to be Honored as Sun Bowl Legends

The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai announced that former Virginia Tech player and head coach Frank Beamer along with CBS Sports are the 2017 Legends of the Sun Bowl for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Frank Beamer retired from Virginia Tech in 2015 with an impressive career record of 238-121-2.  Virginia Tech found plenty of success under Beamer as it made 23 consecutive bowl appearances, including an appearance in the 80th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl in 2013.

“It was an honor for Virginia Tech, our football program and myself to participate in the Sun Bowl,” Beamer said.  “I am also honored to be inducted as a Legend of the Sun Bowl.”

While at the helm for Virginia Tech, Beamer led the charge helping his team post 23 straight seasons of seven or more wins, longest streak in school history. He also guided his team to the BCS National Championship Game in 1999 against Florida State.  Beamer helped the Hokies to become one of only six programs in college football history to go to a bowl in at least 20 straight years (Nebraska, Michigan, Florida State, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Florida).

Beamer also helped his team compile a school-record streak in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll at 84 consecutive weeks. His team also earned seven conference titles and eight “major” bowl bids in a 23-year span. Including his tenure at Murray State from 1981-86, he finished his illustrious career with 280 head coaching victories.

“Hosting Mr. Frank Beamer and his team in 2013 was such an honor and pleasure,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “We are extremely excited to have Coach Beamer back in El Paso and talking with him, we know he is excited to come visit the Borderland.”

The Sun Bowl Association is also inducting CBS Sports as a Sun Bowl Legend this year in accordance with the celebration of 50 years of partnership.

“We have such a great relationship with CBS and they have treated us extremely well over the years, it’s simply the logical and right thing that we honor the company as a Sun Bowl Legend,” Olivas said.  “CBS has helped put us among the best-of-the-best bowl games in the country and we cannot thank them enough.”

The Sun Bowl was first televised on CBS in 1968 when Auburn defeated Arizona 34-10 with Lindsey Nelson and Hall-of-Famer Frank Gifford announcing the game. Other notable announcers that CBS Sports has provided over the years include Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Burt Reynolds, Pat Haden, Pat O’Brien, Dan Fouts, Ara Parseghian, Michele Tafoya, Tracy Wolfson, Brent Musburger and Jim Nantz.

Jim Nantz, who called the play-by-play action for the Sun Bowl numerous times, has called the Master’s for 32 consecutive year on CBS.

“The Hyundai Sun Bowl’s history is on the field and in the booth,” Olivas said. “El Paso has been lucky to have CBS showcase the game and the City of El Paso for 50 straight years.”

Announcers Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier along with producer Craig Silver have all been inducted as Sun Bowl legends in the past. Summerall and Brookshier, who called the game together from 1977-80 were inducted in 1997 while Lundquist was inducted in 2005.

Producer Craig Silver was inducted in 2008 after producing the game from 1983-2005. He also produced the game in 2008 and again from 2009-16.  Silver has been a part of over half of the CBS broadcasts and has won multiple sports Emmy Awards and has produced multiple Winter Olympic broadcasts on CBS. He also produced several NCAA basketball tournament broadcasts, including the 1992 NCAA East Regional final between Duke and Kentucky, when Christian Laettner hit the buzzer-beater to lift the Blue Devils over the Wildcats to advance to the Final Four.

CBS Sports will bring viewers all the color, artistry and drama inherent to the nation’s second oldest bowl game with live coverage of the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 29 (3 p.m. ET; 1 p.m. MT). The game features select teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the Pac-12.

Hyundai Sun Bowl to Host Announcement Party Sunday

The NCAA, the Football Bowl Association and the Division I football conferences are scheduled to announce all placements for post-season play Sunday, Dec. 3 at approximately 2 p.m.

The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai will be hosting a “Selection Sunday Party” from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, which is located at 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park, N.M.

“With the way the games ended up in the final weeks of play we have an idea of who will be coming from the Pac-12,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “Out of the ACC there are a few different teams that we could get including Louisville, NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia.”

The 2017 game will mark the 84th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 50th consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.

Stanford defeated North Carolina, 25-23 in the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl.

The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Friday, December 29, at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

A ‘Sunny’ Future: Sun Bowl Interns Gain Valuable Experience

Pre-employment experience is a must for those wishing to get hired in today’s business environment and the Sun Bowl Association allows college students the opportunity to gain experience through internships each semester.

Sun Bowl Media Relations Director Eddie Morelos accepts applications and interviews many students from UTEP and New Mexico State each semester to assist with all events the Sun Bowl Association puts on.

The SBA interns begin their morning with warm hellos and hot cups of coffee to get their day started.  Media Relations Assistant Ty Stevers, of Las Cruces, New Mexico begins his days bright and early.

“I try to get here by 8 a.m. to get a head start on the day,” Stevers said.

A morning for the interns consists of planning Social Media posts, as well as tasks for upcoming days and events. The interns plan and organize these posts by including trending content such as hashtags, challenges, fun facts, and honoring national holidays.

Media Relations Intern Angela Meyer, who travels to El Paso from Las Cruces three times a week, assists with Social Media planning and has learned how to execute the plans that are created.

“Every day we plan posts and create graphics that use a certain trend while coming up with ways to relate it back to the Sun bowl,” Meyer said.

The interns are expected help with the promotion of all Sun Bowl events in hopes of attracting more people to the Borderland.

Since August, interns have expanded their knowledge in graphic design, although most of them already have previous experience with this. Each intern practices the art of graphic design using different applications such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

“Using InDesign and Illustrator was a bit of a struggle at first, but coming in we all knew a few tricks,” Stevers said.  “We have been able to teach each other what we already knew and that has been helpful for all of us.”

Whether it’s graphic design, writing, or general office skills everything learned at the Sun Bowl is not only beneficial to the association, but is useful for any future opportunities that might come up for the interns.

UTEP student Elenie Gonzalez, who previously worked for the El Paso Chihuahuas, has grown immensely in many different areas of public relations.

“I have never done Social Media work like this before and it’s so much fun,” said Gonzalez. “Plus, I learn something new every day!”

Social Media posts show support and gratitude towards title sponsors, while simultaneously keeping fans up-to-date with news from the ACC and Pac-12. Weekly posts consist of ACC and Pac-12 football game schedules, Hyundai Sun Bowl game predictions, promotion of ticket sales and much more.

As time grows near for major Sun Bowl events, proofreading manuals and publications ignites a sense of reality for the interns. Tasks assigned to them vary; they take photographs, gather information, roll posters, create graphics and have even been involved in a door decorating contest.

“At the beginning of the internship I spent my days calling local businesses making sales for the association,” said Marketing Assistant Andres Torres. “Now, I bounce between marketing and graphic design. Every day is different.”

Every task given to the interns have one thing in mind; promoting the events.

“The interns that come on board with the Sun Bowl Association bring a new sense of excitement and fresh ideas,” said Morelos.  “It is challenging to get everything done without these interns.”

Due to varied schedules, interns are not able to meet with each other every day throughout the week but do manage to meet every Friday. The interns gather for a lunch break and discuss what is working and what is not.

Friday’s are the most productive days because there is a never-ending flow of new and interesting ideas for the organization to use.

“I enjoy the fact that we can see firsthand what goes behind a college bowl like the Sun Bowl,” said Meyer.

The Sun Bowl Association is currently carrying five interns on staff during the fall of 2017. The association employ’s only seven full-time staff members and depends on the use of dedicated volunteers to make every event a success in the El Paso community. Despite the fact that the most events are during the fall the Sun Bowl Association is in need of interns year-round.


If anyone is interested in becoming an intern for the Sun Bowl Association, they can contact Media Relations Director Eddie Morelos at

Author: Catherine Ramirez, for the Sun Bowl Association            

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