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STANFORD’S MCCAFFREY TO SIT OUT HYUNDAI SUN BOWL; COMMENT FROM SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION December 19, 2016

STANFORD’S MCCAFFREY TO SIT OUT HYUNDAI SUN BOWL; COMMENT FROM SUN BOWL ASSOCIATION

EL PASO, Texas – Stanford University Athletics released the announcement that Christian McCaffrey will not play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The junior running back announced Monday that he will direct his focus and efforts toward training for the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Sun Bowl Association, on behalf of the Hyundai Sun Bowl has released a statement.

“Well we would be lying if we said we weren’t a little disappointed, but at the same time, we are also understanding,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas.

“He (McCaffrey) was hurt earlier this year so I am sure that weighed on his decision. He has a tremendous NFL career ahead of him and that might be sitting in the back of his head. Risking injury or re-injuring might be some things he is thinking about so it really is hard to be too disappointed. Although some might see this as a trend, I believe that playing in a bowl game would be a great way to wrap up a college career. We’ve had our fair share of players who have played in our game and I hope we continue to see more,” Olivas stated.

If any members of the media would like to get an interview with Executive Director Bernie Olivas, Sun Bowl Committee Chairman John Folmer or Media Relations Director Eddie Morelos on this topic, please be at the El Paso International Airport at 2 p.m. (MT).

The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for noon with North Carolina taking on nationally ranked Stanford.

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WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Team Arrivals December 17, 2016

WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Team Arrivals

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are announcing the dates and times of the team arrivals for the teams playing in the 55th WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

Although the tournament starts on Wednesday, Dec. 21, teams begin arriving on Sunday, Dec. 18. Defending tournament champion UC Irvine lands in the Sun City, Sunday at 6:50 p.m. (MT). WestStar Bank and the Sun Bowl Association invite you to join in on the fun by showing the Anteaters a warm El Paso welcoming.

“It’d be amazing to get as many people out to welcome all the basketball teams,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “We, the people of El Paso, are known for our hospitality and I encourage the community to get out to the airport to give our visitors a great welcoming.”

Akron is the second team arriving and gets to El Paso on Monday Dec. 19 at 2:25 p.m. (MT) while the third and final team, Maryland Eastern Shore lands, Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 1:15 p.m. (MT).

The basketball tournament begins on Wednesday, Dec. 21 with UC Irvine facing Akron at 5 p.m. (MT). Maryland Eastern Shore faces UTEP at 7 p.m. (MT) on day one with all games being played in the Don Haskins Center.

The Consolation Game is set for 5 p.m. (MT) on Thursday with the Championship Game set for 7 p.m. (MT).

Team Arrival Schedule
UC Irvine – Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6:50 p.m. (MT)
Akron – Monday, Dec. 19 at 2:25 p.m. (MT)
Maryland Eastern Shore – Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 1:15 p.m. (MT)

Tickets for the tournament are available at the Sun Bowl Association office at (915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL), the UTEP Ticket Center (915-747-5234) and TicketMaster outlets. Tickets can be reserved now by calling the Sun Bowl Association office. Tickets are also included in UTEP season ticket packages.

Four-Game, Two Night Package:
$40 (rows 1-34) and $20 (rows 35-39)
*$20 UTEP students, plus one guest at same price

Two-Game, One-Night Package:
$22 (rows 1-34) and $12 (rows 35-39)
*$12 UTEP students, plus one guest at same price

*Must purchase at the UTEP Ticket Center Only

Single Day Sales
-Single event sales (2-games, 1-night) will be offered beginning Tuesday, Dec. 20, 8 a.m.

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PREVIEW OF NORTH CAROLINA: SWITZER, TRUBISKY LEAD HEELS TO FIFTH SUN BOWL December 9, 2016

PREVIEW OF NORTH CAROLINA: SWITZER, TRUBISKY LEAD HEELS TO FIFTH SUN BOWL

EL PASO, Texas – Led by standout quarterback Mitch Trubisky and his arsenal of offensive play makers headlined by wide out Ryan Switzer, the University of North Carolina will try to pick up a statement win against No. 16 Stanford in the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Trubisky, one of the nation’s most efficient passers and, who at one point during the season, was named the No. 1 quarterback in the 2017 NFL draft by ESPN’s Mel Kiper, will look to cap off an already historic season with a win over the 9-3 Cardinal. The 8-4 Tar Heels quarterback will have some help from first-team All ACC play maker Switzer, who finished the season with 91 grabs for 1,027 yards and five touchdowns.

The Hyundai Sun Bowl, featuring the East coast vs. West coast matchup, is scheduled for a noon (MST) kickoff on Dec. 30 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso.

“We’re excited to represent the University of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Sun Bowl, a game with so much history going back more than 80 years,” said UNC head coach Larry Fedora. “Our team is looking forward to a terrific experience in El Paso with the opportunity to finish the season with positive momentum. Stanford consistently competes for the PAC-12 championship and this will be a tremendous challenge for our team.”

Fedora enters the game having made a bowl appearance in eight of his last nine seasons. This will be the 33rd all-time bowl game for the Heels, who are 2-2 in Sun Bowl history. Their last appearance in the bowl was 1994, where they were handed a 35-31 loss by Texas.

UNC is entering the contest coming off a one score loss to North Carolina State, 28-21. Carolina has been up and down this season, racking up two-to-three wins at a time in between losses. The season was highlighted with ACC wins over Florida State (37-35), Miami (20-13) and Pittsburgh (37-36).

Fedora said of the season and the team’s latest loss, “We weren’t able to overcome all the emotions we created for ourselves. There were a few games down the stretch that we didn’t play up to our capability. We didn’t make the ordinary plays that we needed to make, and it wasn’t anything that we had to do out of the ordinary, we just couldn’t make the ordinary plays; we didn’t do that for whatever reason so I can tell you that the state of mind for this football team”

Trubisky and company run a pass heavy offense, ranking 22nd in the country in passing offense with a 294 yards per game average. A key to their success through the air has been the quarterback’s accuracy with the ball, throwing 28 touchdowns to only four interceptions to go along with his 3,468 yards.

Behind center, Trubisky set single-season records for UNC in both yardage and touchdowns. The team ranks ninth in the nation in passing efficiency, recording a 159.76 rating. Individually, the slinger ranks in the top 15 in the nation in passing yards, touchdowns, efficiency and yards per game.

In the ground game, UNC’s Elijah Hood leads with a team-high 858 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season. Also a threat in the pass-attack, Hood caught 25 passes for 142 yards.

On defense the Tar Heels are led by Nazir Jones, recording a team-high 7.5 tackles for a loss and 62 total tackles on the year. Emerging as a veteran leader amongst a young defense, Nazir announced Friday that he will be entering the 2017 NFL draft.

“He has overcome great physical adversity and improved tremendously since he came into the program in 2013. This season he was the leader of our defensive line and someone everyone on the team respected. I believe he has a bright future in professional football if he continues to work hard and focus on being the best he can be,” Fedora said.

Other defensive standouts include defensive end Malik Carney and linebacker Andre Smith. Smith led the team with 110 tackles while Carney was the team’s best pass rusher, recording 4.5 sacks.

As a team, UNC ranked No. 14 in the nation in pass defense, allowing only 183 yards per game. On the opposite side of the ball, the Tar Heels allowed 235 rush yards per game and 28 rushing touchdowns.

Tickets for the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for noon. The game features select teams from the ACC and the Pac-12.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers can call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office that is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

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PREVIEW OF STANFORD: MCCAFFREY LEADS NO. 16 STANFORD TO HYUNDAI SUN BOWL December 8, 2016

PREVIEW OF STANFORD: MCCAFFREY LEADS NO. 16 STANFORD TO  HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

EL PASO, Texas – There were 53,713 fans inside Sun Bowl Stadium in 2009 when Stanford’s Toby Gerhart, a Heisman Trophy finalist, played his final game with the Cardinal. Fans in El Paso will have the same opportunity to watch another Heisman runner-up on Dec. 30, 2016 at noon.

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford’s star running back that finished second in the Heisman voting in 2015, announced that he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft, making the 83rd Hyundai Sun Bowl between No. 16 Stanford and North Carolina his final collegiate game.

The Hyundai Sun Bowl, the nation’s second oldest bowl game, is scheduled for a noon (MST) kickoff on Dec. 30 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to go down to El Paso and play against a great opponent,” said Cardinal head coach David Shaw, who’s 3-2 in bowl games. “I’m excited for our guys to experience the great hospitality of the Sun Bowl.”

Stanford goes into the Hyundai Sun Bowl with a 9-3 overall record and 6-3 in the Pac-12. After starting the season 3-0, the Cardinal ran into a tough stretch where they faced three eventual top-25 opponents in a span of four weeks. Stanford’s losses included current No. 4 and College Football Playoff team Washington, week 12’s No. 22 Washington State and a Colorado team that was ranked as high as No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

After that challenging stretch, Stanford won its next five games.

“We’re excited for our seniors to get a chance to play in this bowl game,” Shaw said. “To put ourselves in position to get to a bowl game from where we were at the midway point of the season, we’re very excited for the opportunity.”

McCaffrey leads a pro-style offense that scored 26.4 points per game this season. Going into bowl season, McCaffrey is seventh in the nation in rushing with 1,603 total yards. The Cardinal finished the regular season third in the Pac-12 in rushing with 215.6 rushing yards per game, which is also good for 34th in the country.

“I want to focus, and I want my team to focus on beating North Carolina,” McCaffrey said in a letter addressing his declaration for the NFL Draft. “I’m thankful for the chance to get to play another game with my teammates and to work as hard as I can to make that victory possible.”

Ryan Burns began the season under center for Stanford until Shaw decided to start Keller Chryst in week 8 against Arizona. Chryst has started at quarterback in every game of the Cardinal five-game win streak, and has thrown for 837 yards and nine touchdowns.

Defensively, Stanford’s secondary leads a unit that is ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in pass defense. The Cardinal allowed only 218.9 yards per game through the air and tallied 12 interceptions. Strong safety Dallas Lloyd leads the team with three interceptions, while junior defensive end Solomon Thomas has garnered a team-high nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss.

This will be Stanford’s fourth appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The Cardinal are 2-1 all-time in the Hyundai Sun Bowl and their latest appearance was on New Year’s Eve in 2009, when the Cardinal fell 31-27 against star-studded Oklahoma. In that 2009 appearance, Shaw was Stanford’s offensive coordinator.

“The hospitality of the Sun Bowl is off the charts and the people who run the Sun Bowl are genuine,” Shaw said.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers can call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office that is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

(Photo courtesy of Stanford Media Relations)

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STANFORD TO FACE NORTH CAROLINA IN THE 83RD ANNUAL HYUNDAI SUN BOWL December 4, 2016

STANFORD TO FACE NORTH CAROLINA IN THE 83RD ANNUAL HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that Stanford University will take on the University of North Carolina in the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, Friday, Dec. 30 at noon in Sun Bowl Stadium.

Stanford enters the game 9-3 on the year, while winning its last five games. The Tar Heels head to El Paso with an 8-4 record. The Cardinal is 2-1 all time in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, while UNC will make its fifth appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl carrying a 2-2 record in the second oldest bowl game.

“It’s hard to ask for a better match up,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “Both teams have great records and exceptional players. We are truly excited to bring these teams to El Paso and show them a great time. We are also excited for our fans as they will get to watch an extraordinary match-up with plenty of future pro players.”

North Carolina’s offense has seen success with first-year starting quarterback, junior Mitch Trubisky. Trubisky has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns with just four interceptions this season. He finished the regular season second in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) in passing, behind Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

“We’re excited to represent the University of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Sun Bowl, a game with so much history going back more than 80 years,” mentioned head coach Larry Fedora. “Our team is looking forward to a terrific experience in El Paso with the opportunity to finish the season with positive momentum. Stanford consistently competes for the Pac-12 championship and this will be a tremendous challenge for our team.”

Stanford heads to El Paso making a school-record eighth consecutive postseason football bowl game. This will also mark the 28th bowl appearance for the Cardinal in school history and last played in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in 2009. Joining the Cardinal will be running back Christian McCaffrey, who finished second in the Heisman voting after the 2015 season.

Tickets for the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for noon. The game features select teams from the ACC and the Pac-12.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers can call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office that is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

Appearances in Sun Bowl
North Carolina (2-2)
Win vs. Texas Tech, 32-28 (Dec. 30, 1972)
Loss vs. Mississippi State, 26-24 (Dec. 28, 1974)
Win vs. Texas, 26-10 (Dec. 25, 1982)
Loss vs. Texas, 35-31 (Dec. 30, 1994)

Stanford (2-1)
Win vs. Louisiana State, 24-14 (Dec. 31, 1977)
Win vs. Michigan State, 38-0 (Dec. 31, 1996)
Loss vs. Oklahoma, 31-27 (Dec. 31, 2009)

About the universities
North Carolina
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Enrollment: 18,415 (undergraduate)
Founded: 1789
Nickname: Tar Heels
School Colors: Carolina Blue & White
Stadium (capacity): Kenan Stadium (63,000)
Surface: Natural Grass
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Chancellor: Carol L. Folt
Athletic Director: Bubba Cunningham

Stanford
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Founded: 1891
Nickname: Cardinal
Colors: Cardinal and White
Enrollment: 6,944 (undergraduate) • 9,128 (graduate)
Stadium: (50,424 • natural grass)
Conference: Pacific-12
President: Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Provost: John Etchemendy
Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics: Bernard Muir
Faculty Representative: Pat Jones

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