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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            

Gallery+Story: Arizona’s Dawkins Too Much for Miners in Setback

Brandon Dawkins beat UTEP with his arm and legs, amassing 288 yards of total offense as Arizona sent the Miners to a third straight loss, 63-16 in the Sun Bowl on Friday night.

Dawkins threw for 155 yards and rushed for 133 for The Wildcats (2-1), who scored the game’s first 28 points.

“They’ve got an outstanding running team and it’s fueled by their quarterbacks,” UTEP coach Sean Kugler said. “That guy is a hard charger, he’s a 4.5 kid and he made some people miss. He’s a very talented guy.”

UTEP (0-3) got on the board late in the second quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Zack Greenlee to Tyler Batson. Later, the Miners added a 53-yard field goal by Brady Viles at the end of the half.

Following a scoreless first period, Arizona scored five times in the second quarter and led 35-9 at the break. The Miners had a couple of big turnovers in the second quarter that led to short scoring drives for the visitors.

Greenlee made the fifth start of his UTEP career and completed 11-of-17 passes for 104 yards with a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Mark Torrez also saw action at quarterback and gave the Miners a spark early in the third quarter. The Eastwood High School graduate engineered a four-play, 76-yard drive, finishing it off with a six-yard rushing touchdown to cut Arizona’s lead to 42-16.

The Wildcats scored the game’s final 21 points.

Arizona gained 501 yards, including 326 rushing. The Miners once again had difficulty moving the ball, finishing with 218 yards on 53 plays including 17 yards rushing.

“We didn’t sustain any drives and offensively, we’re not running the ball well. We need to fix that problem,” Kugler said. “What the answers are, we’re going to have to get back to work and try to figure that out. I don’t have that answer for you right now. Ryan Metz is our quarterback. When we get him back from injury again, he’ll be our quarterback. We’ll have to make a decision between Torrez and Greenlee. I did see some good things out of Torrez that I liked, but we can’t turn the ball over, and that one turnover was very costly at that point of the game.”

As far as how to fix the running game, Kugler said “You look at scheme first, whether you’re doing too much or not doing what’s suited for your players. And then you look at personnel. And again, we do have some guys we can look at with [Joshua] Fields and [Ronald] Awatt. But collectively, something has got to change there or we will be in trouble.”

Terry Juniel posted four catches for a career-high 82 yards for UTEP. He was one of 10 players to catch a pass as the Miners spread it around on offense.

Kenyan Foster was a special teams standout for the Miners with four kickoff returns for 94 yards. Defensively, Alvin Jones matched his career-high with 16 tackles while adding two sacks and 1.5 tackles for losses.

The Miners will head up the road to face I-10 rival NM State in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 next Saturday (Sept. 23).

Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. MT from Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces.

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

Story in Many Pics: Guns N’ Roses, ZZ Top Rock the Sun Bowl

It was the concert many El Pasoans have been waiting for since last year, as ZZ Top and Guns N’ Roses finally arrived in El Paso to rock the Sun Bowl.

Thousands of rock fans invaded the stadium, and among the masses was our very own Andres Acosta, while he didn’t don his favorite top hat, he did take his trusty camera and brings you all the concert action in tonight’s ‘Story in Many Pics.’

CBS, Hyundai Sun Bowl Celebrate 50 Consecutive Years of Partnership

Inspired by the 50th consecutive showing of the Hyundai Sun Bowl on CBS, the Sun Bowl Association unveiled its 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl poster on Friday, September 1.

The poster showcases the amazing broadcasters who have made the historic bowl game memorable for those watching on national television.

“We cannot find words to show our appreciation for the partnership we have with CBS so as the saying goes ‘A picture is worth a 1,000 words’ but in this case, a poster is even worth more,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “Only one other sporting event has been on one network longer than the Sun Bowl.”

Only the Master’s, which also airs on CBS, has a longer consecutive showing on one network.  The Hyundai Sun Bowl is also one of only five bowl games not televised on ESPN.

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 has provided over the years include Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall, Burt Reynolds, Pat Haden, Pat O’Brien, Dan Fourts, Ara Parseghian, Michele Tofoya, Brent Musburger and Jim Nantz.

“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.”

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

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).

CBS Talent who have covered the Sun Bowl (alphabetical order – includes play-by-play announcers, color analysts and sideline reporters):

Jill Arrington, Gary Bender, Steve Beuerlein, Carter Blackburn, Todd Blackledge, Dean Blevins, Craig Bolerjack, Tim Brant, Tom Brookshier, Jane Chastain, Don Criqui, Irv Cross, Randy Cross, Gary Danielson, Steve Davis, John Dockery, Terry Donahue, Fred Dryer, Doug Flutie, Dan Fouts, Frank Gifford, Artie Gigantino, Frank Glieber, Pat Haden, Paul Hornung, Dan Jiggets, Gus Johnson, Mike Joy, Andrea Joyce, Allie LaForce, Scott Lasky, Dave Logan, Verne Lundquist, Sean McDonough, Mike Mayock, Scott Moore, Johnny Morris, Brent Musburger, Jim Nantz, Lindsey Nelson, Brad Nessler, Pat O’Brien, Ara Parseghian, Don Perkins, Burt Reynolds, Sam Ryan, Tim Ryan, John Sauer, Dick Stockton, Hank Stram, Pat Summerall, Michelle Tofoya, Lesley Visser, Andre Ware, Tracy Wolfson

YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge Returns; Fans Chance to Win Sun Bowl Ticket Package

The Sun Bowl Association is teaming up with the YMCA of El Paso to give football fans around the country another chance to win a $1,500 Sun Bowl Game Package for the Hyundai Sun Bowl by participating in the YMCA of El Paso Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge.

The contest starts this week as the 2017 college football season is now underway. Each week contestants will attempt to predict the winners of 10 predetermined Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Pac-12 games, the Hyundai Sun Bowl conference affiliates. The first set of games for contestants to predict are set for Thursday, August 31.

“The YMCA has always enjoyed being a part of the events that the Sun Bowl Association puts on,” said Bill Coon, CEO/President of the El Paso YMCA. “The community has been very generous to us and other organizations such as ours, so we are more than happy to partner with the Sun Bowl Association to do this.”

With each game valued at one point, a weekly winner will be determined by the individual who accumulates the most points. In addition, contestants will be asked to estimate the total points scored by both teams of a predetermined game. In case of a tiebreaker, the contestant with the most accurate prediction of total points scored will be the weekly winner.

“Fans from around the country continue to have a great time with this promotion and we want to continue to make the college football experience a fun and exciting one so once again we are teaming up with the YMCA of El Paso,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We would like to thank Bill Coon and the YMCA of El Paso for the continued support, and hope the contest makes the college football season more exciting for everyone that participates.”

The 13 weekly winners will win two 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl tickets along with one month free adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso. Weekly winners will automatically advance to “Championship Week,” in which they will once again predict the winners of each college football conference championship game.

The contestant with the most correctly chosen conference title games will receive two Captain’s Club level tickets to the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl, two VIP Pre-game tent party tickets, one parking pass and one year family membership to the YMCA of El Paso.


Football fans must register for the Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge by logging into this site. For complete rules and regulations please click HERE.

Applications for 2017-18 Sun Court Due by Friday

The Sun Bowl Association reminds all that are eligible about the deadline to turn in applications for the 2017-18 Sun Court.  The final day to send in applications for the Sun Court is Friday, June 23.

“The Sun Court plays a vital role in our organization making appearances throughout the city of El Paso, including visits to places such as the El Paso Children’s hospital,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said.

According to the 1938 Sun Bowl game program, “The social side of the Sun Carnival centers around the Coronation of the Sun Queen with Ladies-In-Waiting and her Royal Court of Princesses from all the cities of the Sun Empire and the Grand Ball tendered by the Association in honor of Her Majesty and Court.”

In the early years of the coronation, about 30 young women were part of the formal coronation, and each participant represented an organization.

Today, from eight-to-10 or more individuals are chosen for the court, including one queen. Selection is based on poise, appearance, personality, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of El Paso.

The Sun Court serves as ambassadors for the city of El Paso. Those on the court volunteer at various community events and make appearances at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Hyundai Sun Bowl Game, Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, the Helen of Troy Sun Court Charm Camp as well as other events throughout the year.

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students, have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5, may not hold any other title during the time they are members of the Sun Court.

All those interested in joining the 2017-18 Sun Court can download the application from the Sun Court Website.

Sun Bowl Association Announces Date, Time of 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas confirmed the date and start time for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, which is set for Friday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET).

The game will feature a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) taking on a team from the Pac-12 Conference and will be televised on CBS for the 50th consecutive year.

“All games played here are special but this one has a little extra prestige as it marks a 50-year tradition of being televised on CBS,” Olivas said. “The game this year starts at 1 p.m. local time as CBS has elected to have the game start immediately after the Kentucky-Louisville basketball game.”

The Sun Bowl’s contract with CBS Sports is the longest continuous relationship between a bowl game and one TV network, spanning since 1968 and running through at least 2019. It is one of only two college football games on CBS that does not involve the Southeastern Conference (the other being the Army–Navy Game). Although every other year, CBS broadcasts the Notre Dame–Navy game when the latter is playing as the home team.

Another unique trait the Hyundai Sun Bowl carries is that as of 2015, the game is one of only three bowls that is not being carried by the ESPN family of networks.

There has been a long list of broadcasters that have made it to El Paso including broadcast legends such as Frank Gifford, Pat Summerall, Burt Reynolds, Pat Haden, Verne Lundquist, Jim Nantz and Brad Nessler.

Others to join the broadcast team over the years include Michele Tofoya, Doug Flutie, Pat O’Brien, Dan Fouts, Andre Ware and Steve Beuerlein just to name a few.

“We believe that the history of our bowl game is great,” Olivas said. “Just look at the list of teams that have been here, the list of great players that have been on the field and the list of amazing broadcasters we’ve been graced with in the broadcast booth.”

The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl resulted in North Carolina falling just short of a comeback to Stanford 25-23 in front of 42,166 loud and boisterous fans.

On October 18, 1934, at a meeting of the El Paso Kiwanis Club, Dr. Brice Schuller suggested that the club sponsor a football game on New Year’s Day matching an El Paso High School All-Star Team against a worthy opponent.  The motion was passed unanimously.

It was decided to ask for public suggestions as to the name of this annual game, and the name “Sun Bowl” was submitted by Dr. C. M. Hendricks, who became the first Sun Bowl Association President.

The Sun Bowl football game was first played on January 1, 1935, as a fund-raising event for a local service club, to benefit underprivileged children and to finance improvement to the El Paso High School Stadium.  It has grown into El Paso’s number one national attraction.

The following year a week-long schedule of events was added to the Sun Bowl festivities, and four other local service clubs (Rotary, Lions, Optimist and Active 20-30) joined the Kiwanis in coordinating the entire “Sun Carnival” calendar.

In 1936, New Mexico State and Hardin-Simmons Universities were invited to play, and the Sun Bowl has been a college game ever since.

For more information about the Hyundai Sun Bowl and all the events supported by the Sun Bowl Association visit the website at while also following on Social Media platforms such as Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter and Instagram (@HyundaiSunBowl).

Sun Bowl Association Names Bill Coon as 84th President

The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas announced on Friday, April 28 that Bill Coon is its 84th President for the 2017-18 year.

“It is an honor to serve along with some of El Paso greatest volunteers and staff. Being President of the second oldest bowl game is beyond my wildest dreams,” said Coon.  “The Sun Bowl is responsible for the city’s largest event, our parade. We bring world-class talent to El Paso through our golf tournament, basketball tournament and of course the football game. We recognize our local talent through Punt, Pass and Kick, the soccer tournament, our Sun Court, cheerleading clinics and basketball clinics. What a great organization to be part of.”

As president, Coon 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.

“Bill’s vast experience with not-for-profit organizations is a huge benefit for the Sun Bowl Association,” Olivas said.  “His knowledge and enthusiasm for all Sun Bowl events makes him a great fit to lead our Board of Directors. We are all looking forward to a great year with Bill at the helm.”

Coon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of EL Paso. He oversees the Y’s overall mission to nurture youth development, promote healthy living and foster social responsibility. Coon has over 20 years of experience working for the YMCA, serving as the Executive Director for multiple YMCA facilities in El Paso. He has served as Chief Professional Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of America as well as the Vice President of Goodwill El Paso.

Coon will oversee the Association’s continued commitment to El Paso through various events, including the 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 29, 2017. The Sun Bowl Association takes the lead to put on a variety of community events, college and youth sports programs, including the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic and the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

Coon has been heavily involved with the Sun Bowl Association since 2010-11 serving on the Board of Advisors and soon after was selected to join the Sun Bowl Association Board of Directors. In 2014 he was selected as the Vice President of Volunteers managing the Fan Fiesta. He was also the 5K Chairman when the event was active.

Coon has also been in charge of overseeing the First Light Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade’s equestrian unit’s safety and coordinating the overall set-up and break-down on game day of the Sun Bowl.

Coon has also assisted in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament for three years as the Field Marshall Coordinator, supervising volunteer teams toward successful trash pick-up. He was elected the Executive Vice-President of the Sun Bowl Association in 2015 and designated as President-Elect in 2016.

Coon and his wife, Janette, have been married for 20 years and have an 18-year-old son, Jacob and a 33-year old daughter Jacqie Bustamante.


Miners Show Balance in 2017 Spring Game

Quarterbacks Ryan Metz, Zack Greenlee and Mark Torrez all engineered touchdown drives, and the defense registered four sacks in the annual UTEP Football Spring Game under the lights on Friday in the Sun Bowl.

“Kind of like our spring has been all along, both sides of the ball have shown tremendous flashes,” UTEP coach Sean Kugler said. “They are competing against each other. We got through the entire spring really with only one injury, and that’s [running back] Quardraiz Wadley. He has a shoulder injury, which we’re going to have to evaluate and see how that works going into the fall camp. Everybody else is completely healthy heading into fall camp, so we accomplished a lot this spring.”

Metz completed 12-of-17 passes for 94 yards, and was at the controls of the offense when Walter Dawn scored the team’s third and final touchdown of the night on a two-yard run. Greenlee finished 4-of-7 for 43 yards, including a nine-yard scoring run. Torrez was 3-for-9 for 20 yards, including a four-yard TD pass to tight end Josh Weeks.

“I thought Ryan was solid moving the ball,” Kugler said. “We got it stalled down there in the red zone, [and] he threw a nice fade ball there at the end for a touchdown. Ryan has had an outstanding spring. He is a leader and he works hard. Zack Greenlee moved the ball well tonight. Probably the guy that really had a great spring, and it’s not a surprise to me, is Mark Torrez from here in town. He’s got a lot of juice, he can run, throw, he’s got that moxie that you’re looking for in a quarterback. He’s going to be one to watch coming into the fall.”

Dawn led the Miners with 29 yards rushing on 11 carries. Ronald Awatt added nine rushes for 22 yards, and Kevin Dove had six carries for 21 yards. Even if Wadley can’t go, Kugler likes his depth at running back.

“I think we’ve got a lot of talent there,” he said. “We’ve got Ronald Awatt, Kevin Dove, TK Powell who was injured all spring and he’ll be back healthy in the fall, and then we add [incoming freshman] Josh Fields as well. We may add one more to that group. It’s a young group, but a very talented group. My biggest concern there would be more protection-wise when you have young guys like that, but we’ll be creative and make sure that we get that handled.”

Terry Juniel was UTEP’s top receiver with five catches for 47 yards, and Kavika Johnson chipped in with 29 yards on four receptions. Tight ends Weeks and David Lucero combined for four catches and 37 yards.

Two guys who have switched positions from last season, Dawn and Johnson, looked comfortable in their new roles.

“Walter Dawn is going to be a full-time running back and you saw him there stick the guy on third and one. Just because he’s small doesn’t mean he’s not tough,” Kugler said. “He can catch the ball. He’ll generate a lot of yardage back there catching the ball and also running the ball. He’ll be there full-time, and we’re leaving Kavika Johnson full-time at wide receiver. You saw what he can do tonight. He is going to be a talented player for us.”

Kugler said the Miners may add a player at wide receiver between now and the start of fall camp. “And Eddie Sinegal, right now he is suspended academically but we anticipate having him back in the fall as well,” he said.

Jerrell Brown, Alex Jean Charles, Josh Ortega and Barron Wortham Jr. recorded a sack apiece. Brown in particular was all over the field with four tackles, a tackle for loss and pass break-up. The defense was minus stalwarts Devin Cockrell and Dante Lovilotte.

Kugler said he has been very pleased with his team’s effort this spring.

“They compete against each other. They come out every day,” he said. “Really, going through spring ball, you would anticipate maybe having one bad practice. I think we only had one right there about the middle, we kind of jumped their tails about it and they responded well the next day. This team comes to work. As a head coach, this has been my most rewarding spring. We have had no off-the-field issues, knock on wood. These kids are taking care of business and they’re working hard in the weight room. I think they are ready to have a good summer and camp and they’re a hungry team. They feel like they’re kind of looked down upon and nobody gives them a chance, and that’s the way we like it.”

In fact, Kugler said this squad reminds him of his second team, the 2014 squad that finished 7-6 and played in the New Mexico Bowl.

“They’ve got a chip on their shoulder, they’re hungry, they work hard and there are no issues with these guys,” he said. “They come to work every day. I really like the team. This is the group we’re going to move into the season with, and I feel good about that.”

Defense Registers Seven Sacks in UTEP Spring Scrimmage

Sky Logan and Dylan Parsee accounted for two sacks each, and the UTEP defense tallied seven altogether in Wednesday’s spring scrimmage in the Sun Bowl.

“The defense was flying around and they got after it,” UTEP coach Sean Kugler said.  “They put a lot of pressure on the quarterback.  Parsee had a good day.  Devin Cockrell was flying all over the field.  He had an interception and a couple of tackles for losses.  He was a physical presence out there.  He sparks the defense.”

Stephen Forester, Adrian Hynson and Lawrence Montegut added one sack apiece as the Miner stop troops turned in a spirited performance in a rare mid-week scrimmage.

“We just wanted to mix it up, change it up a little bit and get after them and set a good tempo right here, and probably wanted to space it out before we had our spring game,” Kugler said.

The Miner spring game will be held on Friday, April 14 at 6 p.m. in the Sun Bowl.  Admission is free.

Another defensive standout for UTEP on Wednesday was Mike Sota, who was credited with a team-leading five tackles.

The defense surrendered only one touchdown, as Mark Torrez completed a 40-yard pass to Kavika Johnson for a score.  Johnson is adjusting well to his new role at wide receiver as he tallied three catches for 45 yards.

Torrez finished 4-of-5 passing for 58 yards, and Ryan Metz was 6-for-9 for 40 yards with an interception.

The featured back on Wednesday was Ronald Awatt, who carried the ball 17 times for 42 yards.  Kevin Dove added 34 yards on seven rushes.

“Offensively, Kevin Dove really did some good things at fullback and tailback,” Kugler said.  “I saw some good things out of Torrez and Kavika Johnson.  The tight ends did a couple of good things too.”

Newcomers David Lucero and Josh Weeks sparked the tight end contingent. Lucero had two catches for 16 yards and Weeks added one catch for eight yards.

The Miners have three practices remaining prior to the spring game – Friday, Monday and Wednesday.  The spring game will feature a post-game autograph session with the UTEP seniors, as well as a free clinic for youth 13 and under.

HP Q&A with Monster Truck Driver Matt Buyten

12-time X Games FMX medalist and current Monster Jam Rookie and driver for the Metal Mulisha Monster Jam truck Matt Buyten sits down and speaks to the El Paso Herald-Post about his career, his passion and new adventures.

While his name may not be a household name in the Monster truck racing world  just yet, Matt Buyten is well known in the world of Freestyle Motocross. Fans have seen the name Buyten on their screens, performing a vast array of Freestyle tricks and taking  his motorcycle to new heights  against the likes of Legends  Jeremy McGrath ,Carey Hart, Brian Deegan and Travis Pastrana.

Buyten is know for his passion, his competitive spirit and looks to leave his mark in the Monster Jam world.

EPHP You have been riding Motocross and the X Games in the Past, what has the transition been like  to go from Freestyle Motocross  and now into Monster Trucks?

Matt Buyten- “Yeah i definitely had a long freestyle Motocross career and been riding bikes my whole life. Its been my heart and my passion and you know you cant ride forever. An about five years ago I knew that this day would be coming you know, starting to end my riding career. I’m going to always ride but, being not the X Games and stuff.

Its gotta come to an end eventually…and every athlete has there shining moment, but it all comes to a sweet bitter end  you know at the end of the day. X Games the last 13 years and transferring into Monster Jam has been like Awesome and a whole new dream come true. I’ve actually been like – you know a lot of athletes – I finally know what they are talking about when you kinda battle a little bit of depression when your leaving…when all you worked for as a kid and like…it doesn’t matter what sport you’re in –  basketball, football or anything – I kind of understand it now.

I started to get pretty bummed that my riding was coming to an end you know. It’s all we know and you put your heart and soul and passion into it and then it comes to the end and you are like, not what in life? Life is a lot longer then just those few years of doing what you love for a passion. So five years ago I starting digging into wanting to drive a monster truck.

I’ve done a lot of Freestyle motocross shows at Monster truck events and stuff so I was like, you know that’s kinda like my style, I  want to do that I like motorsports and I like horsepower.

Metal Mulisha Truck driven by Matt Buyten, Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso Texas
Metal Mulisha Truck driven by Matt Buyten, Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso Texas

So Monster Jam has given me a couple opportunities to do some training classes and stuff and I was able to just kinda stayed with it, dedicated to it and shown them that I am really interested still and they finally gave me a chance. I’m just like…I’m  floored you know I gotta live one dream and have a good successful career in freestyle motocross, 12 medals and 13 years of the X Games, a lot of people cant say that, and I am pretty proud of that.

I’ve all over the world and just met so many good people and having fun, my sponsors have been great. and now I get to do it a second time over. Man its just…I’m pretty dumbfounded by it, you know to have all those feelings again like when I was 22 (years old) and started taking off riding,

I’m 37 (years old) now and getting a whole rebirth of that feeling is like… humbled and speechless. You know, I have been here before, so I am planning to capitalize on my opportunities.

You know a couple of guys gave me a chance on freestyle Motocross, got a couple of chances at the X Game qualifiers, and I capitalized on those. So I am a vet in that, so that’s what kinda of cool , I’m older and more mature – I think…a little bit – so I get to bring it over my knowledge and experience of traveling and dealing with fans, dealing with sponsors…you know its a lot to take in if you ain’t ready for it it’s pretty intense being in front of 40-60,000 screaming fans and to keep you composure and race good, drive good stay out of the wall.

The safety of the fans is what Monster Jam really thrives on…it’s their number one thing, and putting on a good show. I’m just trying to bring all that knowledge over to Monster Jam and doing the best I can.”

EPHPWhat has been the difference and similarities between the Motocross crowd and the Monster Jam crowd?

Matt-“The difference between the fans , is like Motocross fans they just like to see the bikes and stuff, they know the riders but what I’m noticing with Monster Jam fans is, like they are really really deeply passionate about each and every truck.

Like NASCAR its like a similar thing, that’s the best way I can relate it. People have like Earnhardt or Stewart they have their drivers. And that’s what I am learning here that there is big passionate motocross and well in Super cross they have their main super cross racers and its similar in that.

The fans here really dress up in monster jam and are so into it and it just makes it funner that you can just stoke people out. To me like you ride your motorcycle and you can make people happy and to me that is just amazing and awesome you know…to come over to the Monster truck and do that too you know…I’m really liking it.

A lot of the monster jam fans are coming up to me and asking me great questions. They have done their research and stuff and ask me a lot about my motocross stuff , and its really cool to me to have both of them together and its just a dream come true.

Metal Mulisha Truck driven by Matt Buyten, Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso Texas
Metal Mulisha Truck driven by Matt Buyten, Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso Texas

Can’t believe its happening and I’m stoked!”

EPHP– Is there any pre-show ritual stuff you do before the show to get your mind mentally right, listen to any artist or songs?

Matt– “My pre-show stuff I like to get in my zone and go over my movements. at a freestyle motocross event, I would focus on my run, what tricks are what, and if this does happen whats my back up plan. And that’s what good about my experience about that contest aspect is I can bring it over to here. I just listen to some good music and just try to focus at the task at hand and get in the zone.

Every stadium is different and you gotta know how to drive the truck into each corner or when to let off. You got to be alert where all the tires are, your so strapped in there and all that you can see is what your eyeballs can move in your head, and you cant be turning your head like your changing lanes on the road.

The trucks are 12,000 pounds its a beast – and the tires are 63×43 inches so they are really big tires – So you got to be really alert where the tires are.

You know I don’t really have any rituals, I don’t need anything, I don’t put my left sock on first or do anything weird. I respect everybody that wants to say a little prayer before, because you know motorsports are dangerous you know, but that’s what we love to do.”

EPHP–  What has been your favorite career moment so far?

Matt– “You know my favorite career moment is probably, I just got goosebumps thinking about it, ah is my very first X Games in 2003. I was framing houses, busing table up in Carson City Nevada and riding dirt bikes when i could. I’d pull weeds at the local track, so I worked very hard, I have some serious heart and passion in to where I’m at today…so at the 2003 X Games I couldn’t believe I made it to the X Games and out of the qualifiers 50-60 guys and I ended up making into the top 20 to be in the X Games.

I was in like the biggest awe and I couldn’t believe it was all happening, it was a lot to take in…I happened to win the Step up contest the night before, and that was like my first event and Tommy Clowers is the man and I’m going against all these like Deegan and Metzger and all

Metal Mulisha Truck driven by Matt Buyten, Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso Texas
Metal Mulisha Truck driven by Matt Buyten, Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso Texas

these legendary freestyle motocross guys , and I’m ‘like oh crap, I look up to them,’ and next thing I know I’m against them and then next thing I beat them, I win the damn thing – my first event in X Games and I qualified for freestyle also.

So probably the radist moment was that night before just that week. I went into freestyle contest the next day and Dropping into the LA Coliseum with all the lights going off and all the flashes in front of 60,000 people, man I will never forget that feeling. From there I have been able to run with it , definitely happy and looking forward to all them same similar feelings.

I haven’t had that spark in years and its been nice to get a rejuvenated here in Monster Jam.

I’ve been having a great time, everyone is awesome, the crew guys and everyone that works in the office behind the scenes, its just fun I love it.

I love being around Motorsports and its a good time.”

EPHPWhat tricks do you have in mind, or been wanting to pull off that you haven’t been able to yet in Monster Jam?

Matt-  “So yeah some tricks i want to do eventually , you know I want to back flip – I  back flip a dirt bike, so I am ready to flip you know. It is hard for me to hold back, I come from a wild sport Freestyle Motocross is no joke… you have to be a Man in that stuff.

You know we land on our faces, our bodies get destroyed. I’ve held one of my buddies as he died, like its real, its hardcore so you gotta have a wild mentality and you gotta be able to step up and work through. I’ve gone out to contest and a buddy crashed…you go out help him get off, kick dirt over his blood and go out and ride my show.

It’s a war zone, its gnarly and that’s kinda of my attitude and I want to come out here and flip a monster truck for sure, there is no holding back if i want to do something I’m going to do it. I plan to get there but I respect Feld’s decision, they have there policies and they have the way they do things. they are putting you inside the monster truck to trust you, and I have to build their trust and I respect that and I am a rookie and I have to work my way up…it’s all good but eventually I hope to flip that thing.”

EPHP – Where did you get the nickname ” B-10 Bomber”

Matt– “Yeah a little bit behind the meaning of the B-10 Bomber is my agent back in the day, I think he kinda named me that, Rick Swisher,

Metal Mulisha Truck driven by Matt Buyten, Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso Texas
Metal Mulisha Truck driven by Matt Buyten, Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso Texas

 I think because I’m a little bit of a wildcat, you know i got a little bit of a heavy foot in the truck and I like to get wild and you know I’m coming in hot probably like a B-10 Bomber.

My last name is Buyten and you know people were struggling with saying my name, so I started the “BUY10” and then people started doing it short B-10 and then it got turned into B-10 Bomber…I’m a feisty wild little fellow so…I got little man syndrome but that’s just me and I love to entertain man. Its fun, there ain’t nothing like hearing a big ol’ crowd roar like and seeing those little kids happy.

It’s what I live for and cant get enough of it.”

EPHP- What do you want the El Paso crowd to take from and leave with from your performance this weekend?

Matt– “I’m actually happy to come here to El Paso, there is a big Latino area here and I think that going to a South America and doing some shows in the past from Freestyle motocross I know that they get wild. I know they get in there, I know the crowd will be roaring and I plan to feed them. I want to give them what they want and make some noise. I’m happy about El Paso, so come hang out and have fun!”