Mike Price, the 1997 National Coach of the Year and 2001 Hyundai Sun Bowl game participant, has been selected as the 2014 Legend of the Sun Bowl.
“Mike Price is a true legend in the coaching fraternity and it is only fitting that he be inducted as a Legend of the Sun Bowl,” said Barry Kobren, Sun Bowl Association President. “Upon retirement, only five active coaches had more wins than Coach Price. Before he became an institution coaching the Miners, he left his mark on the Sun Bowl leading his Washington State Cougars to victory in the 68th edition of our game. We are truly honored to add Mike Price’s name to the Legends of the Sun Bowl.”
Price will be inducted at the 2014 Rotary Sun Bowl Team Luncheon on Dec. 26 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center.
“I’m really surprised and humbled by this wonderful honor,” said Price. “The Sun Bowl is one of the reasons why El Paso is such a special place and I love it so much.
“The Sun Bowl game was a great start for the 2002 Washington State campaign. Ending the 2001 season on a high note carried over to the next year when we had a Heisman Trophy candidate in our quarterback, we climbed the national rankings and culminated the year at the Rose Bowl. It was a feel-good thing for myself and our team back then. It is a humbling award for me now.”
Selected as the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after finishing second in conference standings, Price led the Washington State Cougars to a 33-27 win over Purdue at the Sun Bowl game. After giving up a touchdown and allowing an onside kick that pulled the Boilermakers within six points, the Washington State defense forced Purdue to turn the ball over on downs with 1:17 left to play in the game. The win catapulted the Cougars to a No. 10 ranking in the AP and Coaches’ polls finishing 10-2 for the season. Price and his Cougars finished the 2002 season with a bid to the Rose Bowl as Pac-10 Co-Champions and a 10-3 record.
Price’s 2001 appearance at Sun Bowl Stadium was not his last as the 1997 National Coach of the Year returned to El Paso to take over the UTEP program in 2004. In his first year, Price engineered the country’s best turnaround bringing the Miners to unprecedented national prominence.
The Everett, Wash., native began his head coaching career at Weber State in 1981 where he compiled a 46-44 record. He was hired at Washington State in 1989 where he remained until 2002 assembling an 83-79 record after 14 years. While at Washington State and UTEP, 25 of his student-athletes earned All-American honors while 47 received first-team all-conference recognition. After nine seasons in El Paso, and 31 overall as head coach, Price retired in 2012.
“The spirit of the Legend of the Sun Bowl award encompasses an individual who has dedicated his life to advancement of college football,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “Coach Price is highly respected in the college football ranks. More than his participation at the Sun Bowl game, Coach Price is a staple in the El Paso community. We couldn’t be any more proud to honor his career as one of our Legends.”
Price is the 30th member of the elite fraternity of the Legends of the Sun Bowl that includes Cornelius Bennett, Tom Brookshier, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Tony Dorsett, John H. Folmer, Tony Franklin, Hayden Fry, Ken Heineman, Priest Holmes, Don James, Major Harris, Charley Johnson, Harrison Kohl, Verne Lundquist, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Rogers, Jr., Gerald J. Rubin, Craig Silver, Bill Stevens, Pat Summerall, Barry Switzer, Grant Teaff, Derrick Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Pat Tillman, Alex Van Pelt, Jesse Whittenton, and most recently Blake Brockermeyer.
The Rotary Club of El Paso uses net proceeds to support its annual Children’s Christmas Party (held annually since 1922), which treats some 4,500 Head Start children to a holiday fiesta at the El Paso County Coliseum. Other youth programs include Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Youth Appreciation Day scholarships.
The 81st Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 27 at noon (MST). CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 47th consecutive year. Ticket prices for the game are $22, $32, $47, $57 and $62. Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416, 800-915-BOWL), online at www.ticketmaster.com or at any TicketMaster outlet.
Over 100 children from the area participated in the Price’s Creameries Give ‘Em Five NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition presented by the Sun Bowl Association and El Paso Parks and Recreation at Sun Bowl Stadium on Thursday night.
The top four first-place finishers in each division in the West Texas region will advance to the Team Championships. The Team Championships are scheduled for the Dallas Cowboys game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
If competitors from the El Paso area advance to the Team Championships, the Sun Bowl Association and Price’s Creameries will cover hotel, air and ground transportation expenses for the participant and a parent.
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Tickets for the 81st edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl are now available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting ticketmaster.com, any Ticketmaster locations throughout El Paso or by calling the Sun Bowl Association at (915) 533-4416.
Tickets may also be purchased and set up on an annually renewable account by calling the Sun Bowl Association office.
Prices for this year’s bowl game are $22, $32, $47, $57 and $62. Purchases made through Ticketmaster will incur additional service charges.
This year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 27, at Sun Bowl Stadium and will pit selections from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 Conference. The ACC representative will be this year’s home team.
The Sun Bowl Association and the YMCA of El Paso are giving football fans around the country a chance to win tickets to the 2015 College Football National Championship by participating in the YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl National Championship Challenge.
“We are entering a new era in college football with the new playoff system, an era every college football fan has been waiting for and we wanted to find a way to reward fans for their continued support of college football,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “Fans will not only have weekly chances to win tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl, but every contestant will also have an opportunity to win tickets for the national championship game.”
Beginning with college football games set to kick off on Thursday, Sept. 25, contestants can predict the winners of 10 predetermined Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and PAC-12 games, the Hyundai Sun Bowl conference affiliates. 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 in that predetermined game will be the weekly winner.
The 10 weekly winners will win two 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl tickets, one month free adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso, and will automatically advance to “Championship Week” in which they will predict the winners of each college football conference championship game. The contestant with the most points will win airfare, hotel and tickets for two to the National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas along with a one-year family membership to the YMCA of El Paso.
A second place will receive two Captain’s Club tickets to the 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl game along with a parking pass, two VIP Pre-Game Party tent tickets, and a one-year adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso. One third place winner will receive four preferred section tickets and a parking pass to the 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl game, as well as a six-month adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso. One fourth and one-fifth place winner will each receive two touchdown section tickets to the 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl game and garage parking passes along with a three-month and one-month adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso, respectively.
Football fans must register for the YMCA Sun Bowl National Championship Challenge by logging into http://sunbowl.org/contest. For complete rules and regulations please visit http://sunbowl.org/contest/terms.
Following his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, El Pasoan Nolan Richardson will return to the Sun City to lead the 78th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade as grand marshal on Thanksgiving Day.
“It’s an honor to have Nolan Richardson as the grand marshal for the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade,” said Karl Murphy, President and CEO of FirstLight Federal Union. “He was born in El Paso and played for Don Haskins. Furthermore, being inducted into the hall of fame for winning a championship at every level shows his amazing talent as a coach and mentor. It’s a pleasure to have him come back to El Paso.”
Born and raised in El Paso, Richardson attended Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) where he played two years under fellow hall of famer Don Haskins.
He began his coaching career at Bowie High School before moving to the collegiate ranks to Western Texas College winning the National Junior College championship in 1980. He was the head coach at Tulsa from 1981 to 1985, leading Tulsa to the NIT championship in 1981.
In 1985, Richardson was named head coach at the University of Arkansas. He led the Razorbacks to the NCAA Final Four three times and claiming the national title in 1994. For that he was named the 1994 National Coach of the Year.
“Nolan Richardson is a true El Paso success story,” said Barry Kobren, President of the Sun Bowl Association. “The Sun Bowl is honored to have him as the grand marshal for this year’s First Light Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.
“Coach Richardson grew up in the Segundo Barrio and became one of the best athletes the City of El Paso has ever produced,” added Kobren. “Throughout the years he has always remembered his hometown having returned here frequently to help the community. El Paso and the Sun Bowl are proud of Coach Richardson’s accomplishments and we are pleased that he will be here Thanksgiving to participate in one of the city’s greatest traditions.”
His teams typically played an up tempo game with intense pressure defense – a style that was known as “40 Minutes of Hell.” He is the winningest coach in Arkansas history, compiling a 389-169 record in 17 seasons. Coach Richardson is the only head coach to win a Junior College National Championship, the NIT, and the NCAA Tournament.
“I have a feeling of such huge, tremendous pride-that the generosity of the Sun Bowl organization has selected me as their grand marshal of this very historic parade,” said Richardson. “I am overwhelmed with excitement and I look forward to being part of one of the greatest events in El Paso.”
Richardson served as head coach of the Panamanian National Team from 2005 to 2007. He was selected as the head coach for the Mexican National Team in 2007. In 2009 Coach Richardson assumed the head coaching position for the WNBA Tulsa Shock.
The 78th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is November 28th 7at 10 a.m.
Review Stand tickets for the parade can be purchased now at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office. For more information call (915) 533-4416.