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Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas Named Football Bowl Association Chairman April 25, 2016

Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas Named Football Bowl Association Chairman

EL PASO, Texas – Bernie Olivas, who has overseen the unprecedented growth and development of the Hyundai Sun Bowl since 2001, will take over as Football Bowl Association chairman this coming July 1. The announcement was made by FBA Executive Director Wright Waters.

“Bernie has been an integral member of the FBA’s executive committee,” Waters said. “That role has prepared him well in terms of this appointment, and I greatly anticipate working with Bernie and the committee to further the FBA’s work on behalf of the bowls and the student-athletes who play in them.”

A native El Pasoan, Olivas oversees 20 different special events in and around the Hyundai Sun Bowl, which matches teams from the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences. Those include the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational college basketball tournament and the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta.

“I am extremely humbled to be the chairman for the Football Bowl Association and I hope to continue the work that the previous chairmen have begun,” Olivas said. “I look forward to working with FBA Executive Director Wright Waters and all the member of the FBA. I’ve seen this association grow immensely over the years and it is great to be a part of an organization that is working hard to make the bowl experience better for everyone involved, especially for the student-athletes.”

The annual Hyundai Sun Bowl produces the largest economic impact in El Paso for a single event in the city. The Sun Bowl has also been aligned with CBS Sports since 1968, the longest running association between a bowl game and network in history.

Olivas was a Sun Bowl volunteer for more than 20 years. His involvement began when he joined one of the team host committees; he was named to the game’s board of directors in 1992 and continues to serve on the team selection committee.

Prior to joining the Sun Bowl Association fulltime, Olivas had a 13-year career with Merck Pharmaceutical Company.

The 2016-17 FBA Executive Committee includes Olivas as Chairman; Kevin McDonald [Famous Idaho Potato Bowl] as Vice Chair; Bill Flinn [Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual] as Treasurer; and David Fletcher [AdvoCareV100 Texas Bowl] as Secretary.

Past chairs serving on the Executive Committee are Paul Hoolahan [Allstate Sugar Bowl], Eric Poms [Capital One Orange Bowl], Steve Hogan [Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl/Russell Athletic Bowl] and Scott Ramsey [Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. As an at-large member, Olivas has added Pete Derzis [ESPN].

Olivas takes the reins from 2015-16 chairman Bruce Binkowski, recently-retired from service with the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls. “I am extremely grateful for all the hard work Bruce put in on behalf of the FBA,” Waters said. “We will continue to call upon his expertise in the future.”

Sun Bowl Association Announces Dates for Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament April 25, 2016

Sun Bowl Association Announces Dates for Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is teaming up with Academy Sports + Outdoors to put on the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, June 3-5 at the Westside Sports Complex on 201 Isela Rubalcava.

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament plays host to over 150 teams from the Southwest and Mexico, making it one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the country. Boys’ and girls’ teams consisting of specified age groups participate in the tournament every year.

This summer marks the tournament’s 17th year, as thousands of players take to the pitch to play the world’s most popular sport under the bright West Texas sun. The tournament has grown into the premier youth soccer tournament in the region and will continue to be for years to come.

“This tournament is one of the biggest events the Sun Bowl Association puts on and it is always great to see the community come together for the youth,” Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach said.

Teams can sign-up on the Internet at and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the early bird special fee that must be paid on or before May 12. The information on rules, roster information and a map for the Westside Sports Complex is also available at The tournament is sanctioned by STYSA (South Texas Youth Soccer Association).

This is an unrestricted tournament that is open to all Federation affiliated participants with youth non-competitive and competitive teams. Categories are: non-competitive coed U6 & U8; non-competitive & competitive coed U9: non-competitive & competitive boys & girls U10; competitive boys U11 – U19, competitive girls U12, U14 & U19. If there are not enough teams to field a complete bracket in a specific age category, teams will be moved up to the next highest age category.

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Twenty-Four Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni on 2016 Masters Tournament Invitee List April 4, 2016

Twenty-Four Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni on 2016 Masters Tournament Invitee List

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth, who played in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in 2011 and won the 2015 Masters, leads a group of 24 players that are participating in the 2016 Masters.

Spieth is one of four alumni participants to have worn the green jacket as a Masters Champion. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and O’Meara have also won the tournament and Woods is the only to have multiple crowns with wins in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005.

In an article posted on, Spieth said, “It’s a different feeling on the grounds having won the Tournament.”

The most recent alum on the list of invitees is Bryson DeChambeau, who is playing in the Masters as an amateur. DeChambeau played in the 2014 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic and is one of only four amateurs in the field for the Masters this year.

Golf Central Live said of DeChambeau in a press release sent out on April 4, 2016: “2015 U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau – making his Masters debut this week – has proven himself capable of handling pressure situations even as an amateur. While it’s clear that a physics degree from Southern Methodist University sets DeChambeau apart and helps him to assess his strengths and weaknesses in greater statistical and scientific detail than his contemporaries, Notah Begay helps illustrate how DeChambeau is just as much an artist as he is scientist.”

Other notable alumni who have played in El Paso the past 10 years include Rickie Folwer (2008), Harris English (2009, 2010), Billy Horschel (2006, 2007, 2008), Dustin Johnson (2006), Chris Kirk (2006), Russell Knox (2006), David Lingmerth (2009), Webb Simpson (2007) and Justin Thomas (2012).

The Masters is strictly an invitation Tournament.

2016 Masters Tournament Invitees/Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni

Participant - School - Year(s) in SBWRCAAGC
Paul Casey - Arizona State - 1998
Bryson DeChambeau - Southern Methodist - 2014
Jason Dufner - Auburn - 1997
Harris English - Georgia - 2009, 2010
Rickie Fowler - Oklahoma State - 2008
Jim Furyk - Arizona - 1990
Bill Haas - Wake Forest - 2001
J.B. Holmes - Kentucky – 2002
Billy Horschel - Florida - 2006, 2007, 2008
Dustin Johnson - Coastal Carolina - 2005, 2006
Chris Kirk - Georgia - 2005, 2006
Kevin Kisner - Georgia – 2004
Russell Knox - Jacksonville - 2006
Matt Kuchar - Georgia Tech - 1999
David Lingmerth - Arkansas – 2009
Davis Love III - North Carolina - 1983, 1984
Graeme McDowell - UAB - 2001
Phil Mickelson - Arizona State - 1989
Ryan Moore - UNLV - 2002, 2003
Mark O’Meara - Long Beach State - 1976
Webb Simpson - Wake Forest - 2005, 2007
Brandt Snedeker - Vanderbilt - 2002
Jordan Spieth - Texas - 2011
Justin Thomas - Alabama - 2012

Past Masters Champions not playing in 2016:
Craig Stadler - USC - 1974
Tiger Woods - Stanford - 1995

Additional Player/SBWRCAAGC Alumni Notes
• Tiger Woods has made 11 top-5 finishes
• Dustin Johnson hit four eagles during the 2009 tournament; most for anyone in a Masters
• Jordan Spieth made 28 birdies during the 2015 Masters; holds the record for most in a Masters
• Mark O’Meara birdied the No. 17 and the No. 18 in 1998 to win the Masters
• Craig Stadler, who has played in 118 rounds at the Masters, is averaging 73.94 strokes per round
• Jim Furyk, has played in 70 rounds heading into the 2016 Masters and averages 72.33 stokes per round there

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Looking at Former Sun Bowl Participants Who Were a Part of Super Bowl 50 February 12, 2016

Looking at Former Sun Bowl Participants Who Were a Part of Super Bowl 50

EL PASO, Texas – With the Denver Broncos triumphing in Super Bowl 50 and the game now in the history books, we look back at former Sun Bowl participants who were among this year’s most elite NFL teams.

Perhaps the most impressive among the group is former Oregon running back Jonathon Stewart. Stewart was named the C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player in the 2007 Sun Bowl after setting the bowl’s record for rushing yards with 253, and all-purpose yards with 282. In Sunday’s Super Bowl, Stewart scored Carolina’s first touchdown of the game with a remarkable dive over Denver’s defense, finishing with 29 rushing yards in the loss.

Stewart’s former teammate at Oregon, strong safety T.J. Ward, also started in Sunday’s game, however, unlike Stewart, he was clad in orange and blue. He helped the Broncos ensure the Super Bowl title recording seven tackles, one interception and a crucial fumble recovery in the fourth quarter. When Ward wore the same uniform as Stewart in the 2007 Sun Bowl, he contributed to the victory with two solo tackles.

A third former Duck suited up for Super Bowl 50 as 6-foot-4-inch tight end Ed Dickson put on the Panther’s uniform. Dickson helped his previous teammates to the 2007 Sun Bowl championship by recording 16 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Carolina’s starting defensive lineman Star Lotulelei, who played for the Utah Utes in the 2011 Sun Bowl, posted four tackles against the Broncos last Sunday. Lotulelei was named the 2011 Jimmy Rogers Jr. winner, which goes to the most valuable lineman in the Sun Bowl. He helped the Utes to an overtime win over Georgia Tech.

Backup Bronco center Sam Brenner, was alongside Lotulelei on the Utah 2011 Sun Bowl championship team. In 2011, Brenner was a starter in all 13 games for the Utes, only allowing one sack throughout the season. Brenner experienced a neck injury in a late season game against Colorado and had to be taken to the hospital. The junior center didn’t allow that to stop him however, and he returned to the field to help his team to a Sun Bowl Championship.

Brenner, Lotulelei and the Utes were joined in the 2011 Sun Bowl victory by Brian Blechen, a member of Carolina’s practice squad. Blechen contributed to the 30-27 Sun Bowl victory with six tackles.

Panther wide receiver Stephen Hill played for Georgia Tech in the 2011 Sun Bowl. The wide receiver contributed 35 receiving yards and one touchdown in their 2011 loss to The University of Utah.
Joining Hill on the Panthers’ roster was his former teammate Lou Young. Young played for Georgia Tech in 2011 and 2012, when they appeared in the Sun Bowl back to back. Young could not play in the Sun Bowl in 2011, but helped Georgia Tech to victory over USC in 2012 by executing four tackles and breaking up a pass.

Defensive end George Uko, a member of the Broncos’ practice squad, played opposite Hill in the 2012 Sun Bowl matchup between USC and Georgia Tech. Uko, the Trojan All-American, had six tackles in the loss, one of which was a sack.

The 2009 Sun Bowl featured Carolina Panthers’ reserve player, Frank Alexander. Alexander had two tackles to help the Oklahoma Sooners to a 31-27 victory over Stanford.

The 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in El Paso, Texas featuring a team from the ACC taking on an opponent out of the Pac-12.

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Washington State Takes the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl 20-14 over Miami December 26, 2015

Washington State Takes the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl 20-14 over Miami

EL PASO, Texas – There is one thing fans have come to expect when the University of Miami comes to play in the Sun Bowl, snow. The 82nd edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl saw the Washington State Cougars defeat the Hurricanes 20-14 on Friday in front of 41,180 fans that braved through a cold snowy day.

But it wasn’t the snow or even the Washington State high-powered offense that doomed Miami. On this day it would be turnovers and penalties, many of the untimely variety that sealed the fait for the team from South Florida. The Hurricanes finished with three turnovers and nine total penalties for 105 yards.

The Cougars (9-4) finish the season with their best record since 2003 and won their first bowl game since defeating Texas in the Holiday Bowl, also in 2003. Head coach Mike Leach, in his fourth season at Washington State, picked up his first bowl victory with the university.

“As a team I think we complement each other to play a little better. I thought the offense started pretty quick and defense started slow,” Leach said. “And I thought special teams was reasonably steady. This weather makes it challenging for everybody.

“The challenging part isn’t to make the play but instead it’s to be consistent when you are battling some of that. I thought all sides picked up for everybody. I thought defense at the end played well together and we were a tough group of guys.”

Miami (8-5), meanwhile, loses in a bowl game for the sixth time in a row, including the last three seasons. The last time the Hurricanes won a bowl game was in 2006 when they defeated Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl.

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, who was named the C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player, finished 29-of-53 for 295 passing yards and two touchdowns. Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya also finished with over 200 yards passing after finishing 17-of-30 for 219 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Cougar defensive lineman Hercules Matta’afa was recognized as the Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Most Valuable Lineman, while his teammate and place kicker Eric Powell, was named the game’s John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player.

Washington State marked all of its points in the first half and held a 20-7 halftime lead, which it took into the fourth quarter as no one scored in the third frame.

But after the Hurricanes finally broke through with a touchdown early in the fourth to cut the lead to 20-14, their comeback efforts were thwarted, not once, but twice in the final minutes of the game by those turnovers and penalties.

With 8:22 left in the game, Miami began its seventh drive of the second half at its own 22-yard line. The Hurricanes would start moving the ball down the field to try and take over the lead and after a 36-yard hookup between Kaaya and senior wide receiver Rashawn Scott, Miami found itself at the Cougar 5-yard line.

It seemed the Hurricanes had taken their first lead of the ball game with about five minutes left when Kaaya hit receiver Stacy Coley for a touchdown, but a block in the back penalty negated the score and put the ball back at the 11-yard line.

A couple of plays later Miami running back Mark Walton fumbled the ball inside the 5-yard line and saw Marcellus Pippins scoop it up for Washington State.

But the Hurricanes’ defense, as it had the entire second half, held strong and forced a Cougar punt from their own end zone. Miami would get one more try at a victory as it got the ball back at the Washington State 28-yard line with 3:13 left.

But on the very first play from scrimmage running back Joe Yearby attempted a half-back pass to a wide open receiver running down the field. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, the weather finally came into effect as the slippery ball came out of Yearby’s hand like a wounded duck and fell into the hands of Washington State safety Shalom Luani for the Hurricanes’ final turnover of the day.

The Cougars would run out the clock after picking up a couple of first downs, the final one on a Falk quarterback keeper.

“End of the day we didn’t make enough plays or the plays that we needed to make to win the game in the second half,” Miami interim head coach Larry Scott said. “But I am proud of the way this team fought and came back in the second half. The attitude of the team decided that they weren’t going to let the weather or anything like that be a distraction or change our focus or what we came here to do. I am proud of the way that we came back and fought. We just didn’t finish a couple plays that could have made a difference in the game.”

The game began by living up to its billing as a matchup between two high-powered offenses as each team scored a touchdown on its opening possession.

Washington State received the opening kickoff and proceeded to drive down the field from its own 25-yard line. After a two-yard loss on the first pass play of the game, Falk connected with wide receiver John Thompson for a 29-yard pass play that placed the ball in Miami territory.

Four plays later at the Miami 31-yard line, Falk flipped a short five-yard pass to running back Jamal Morrow who did the rest after scampering 25 yards into the end zone to mark the first points of the game.

The pass play capped off a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive for the Cougars as they led 7-0 just a couple of minutes into the game.

But the Hurricanes’ offense answered with a touchdown on its opening drive as well. Miami had a more methodical method to their matriculation down the field. It took the Hurricanes 15 plays and almost seven minutes to march 69 yards for the game-tying score.

Miami was aided by two fourth-down conversions along the way, the second coming on a fourth-and-goal from the four-yard line that resulted in a touchdown pass from Kaaya to Coley.

After the offenses highlighted the opening moments of the game, it would be defenses that would take center stage beginning with the first play of the second quarter.

After a Cougar punt, the Hurricanes would take the ball at their own 17-yard line and move down the field all the way to the Washington State 15-yard line. But during that first second-quarter play Kaaya threw a ball into the end zone that ricocheted up in the air and was grabbed by Cougar linebacker Peyton Pelluer for an interception.

The Hurricanes quickly got the ball back, however, after Washington State running back Gerard Wicks fumbled the ball three plays later. Miami defensive back Deon Bush recovered the ball at the Cougar 30 yard line.

The Hurricanes, however, could do nothing with the turnovers as they gave the ball back to the Cougars after going for it and failing on fourth-and-10.

Washington State, meanwhile, would score on its final three possessions of the half as a Falk to Gabe Marks 25-yard touchdown pass was sandwiched in between two Powell field goals, the last one coming as time expired in the first half as the Cougars led 20-7 at the break.

While the first half saw only three total punts, the second saw 10 as the game became a defensive battle.

The only scoring drive took two plays and 33 seconds as Miami scored on a Walton 5-yard touchdown run one play after sophomore wide receiver Braxton Berrios scrambled 60 yards to set the Hurricanes in the red zone. It was the longest run of the season for Miami.

Unfortunately, it would be as close as the Hurricanes would get as they fell for the second time in five years on a snowy day in El Paso.

“They are upset and hurt because they fought,” Scott said. “One thing they did not do was give in or give up or quit. They fought to the bitter end.

“When you fight and you keep believing things are going to work out, a loss hurts. I told them they had nothing to be ashamed of. They needed to hold their heads high. I told them from the very beginning that there is a lesson in everything and another decision they are going to have to make from this.”

Final Stats – Miami vs Washington State

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