Tuesday, December 31, 2019




EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

The series is set to begin on Friday, July 19 with Duke Keith speaking about his memories of the longstanding bowl game and his thoughts on college football.

“We wanted to start creating excitement as the 2019 college football season is quickly approaching,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We hope fans and followers enjoy this series and we anticipate everyone showing up to the 86th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.”

7-on-7 Series
Friday, July 19 – Duke Keith (radio host, Sun Bowl internal PA and Locomotives TV play-by-play)
Friday, July 26 – Jay Pritchard (Sun Bowl Marketing Director)
Friday, Aug. 2 – Steve Kaplowitz (AM 600 KROD – Sports Talk Radio Host)
Friday, Aug. 9 – Amber Herrera (Sun Bowl Executive Director Assistant)
Friday, Aug. 16 – Bill Knight (El Paso Times sports writer (retired))
Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)
Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)

Find videos on YouTube (search for Sun Bowl Association), at www.sunbowl.org and on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).



EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are pleased to announce the teams coming to El Paso for the 58th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, which will be held, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16-17, in the Don Haskins Center.

The tournament brings in teams that posted 31, 22 and 19 wins, which includes two top-100 teams per RPI. Joining the UTEP Miners in the Don Haskins Center this year will be UC Irvine, Kent State and North Carolina A&T.

“We have another competitive tournament lined-up for college basketball fans to enjoy,” said Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “This tournament has become a tradition and the history of teams and players that have come through El Paso is tremendous. Our basketball committee, which is led by Barry Kobren, continues to seek out and work towards bringing quality teams to the Don Haskins Center.”

UC Irvine returns to the Sun Bowl Invitational for the third time after winning the tournament in 2015. The Anteaters have won four conference titles in the last six years, including a Big West Conference championship in 2018-19 to help finish with a final RPI of 61. UC Irvine reached the NCAA Tournament last year and picked up a big win over No. 4 Seed and Big 12 Champion Kansas State to reach round of 32.

Kent State, which is led by head coach Rob Senderoff, who is the all-time winningest coach at Kent State, will also make its third appearance in the Sun Bowl Invitational. The Golden Flashes won the tournament in 1999 and fell by three points to UTEP in the title game in 2014. Kent State finished the 2018-19 season with a 22-11 record and made it to postseason play for the 17th time in 21 years.

North Carolina A&T is making its first appearance in the Sun Bowl Invitational and is led by Coach Jay Joyner, who completed his third season at the helm. The Aggies finished 13-3 in MEAC play last season, finishing the season undefeated at home in conference play for the second straight year.

‘This year’s tournament should be one of our most competitive with three visiting teams having won at least 19 games last year, and it’s also great having an NCAA tournament team who won 31 games,” said Tournament Director Barry Kobren. “Everyone is anticipating a vastly improved UTEP team with their infusion of new talent.”

The UTEP Miners are led by head coach Rodney Terry, who enters his second season as the team leader. The Miners return sophomore Efe Odigie, who averaged 12.7 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per contest while being named to the 2018-19 All-Conference USA Freshman team. He is the first UTEP player to finish the season averaging a double-double since Terry White accomplished the feat (10.1 ppg/10.2 rpg) in 1981-82. Odigie is one of nine Miners to average a double-double in a single season. In total, the Miners will return four scholarship players from last season and have two incoming freshmen players. There are also two sophomores, who sat out last season due to transfer rules. There are five juniors on the team for the 2019-20 season.

For more information on the 2019 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational please go to www.sunbowl.org.

UC Irvine Anteaters
• Big West Conference Champions (Four Conference Titles in last six years)
• 31-6 overall record and 15-1 in conference play
• #61 in Final RPI
• The ’Eaters set a slew of school records in 2018-19 including the most wins (31) and longest winning streak (17 games) in program history
UCI is ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense
• The team ranks ninth in rebound margin (+7.0)
• Led by Coach Russell Turner who was named Conference Coach of the Year for the third time

Kent State Golden Flashes
• 22-11 overall record and 11-7 in MAC Conference play (Most wins since 2009-10 season)
• 17th Postseason in 21 Years (CIT Tournament)
• Third Appearance in Sun Bowl
• No. 90 in Final RPI
• Head coach Rob Senderoff has led the team to postseason in all eight of his seasons as head coach including NCAA tournament in 2017

North Carolina A&T Aggies
• 19-13 overall and 13-3 in MEAC Conference play (2nd Place)
• The Aggies 13 conference wins are the most they have had since going 16-0 during the 1987-88 MEAC regular-season
• The Aggies improved 17 games from the 2016-17 season to the 2017-18 season coming one game shy of tying UTEP’s 18-game improvement in 2003-04

UTEP Miners
• 8-21 overall record and 3-15 in Conference USA play after the 2018-19 season
• Returning C-USA All-Freshman team member Efe Odigie
• Added two new assistant coaches in Kenton Paulino and Arturo Ormond
• Miners have won 31 Sun Bowl Invitational tournaments





Herewith is the 2019-20 FBA bowl schedule. It includes 41 total games, beginning on Friday, December 20 and concluding with the sixth College Football Playoff National Championship Game, to be contested Monday, January 13 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

Thirty-six games will be televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks [ESPN, ESPN2, ABC]. The longest-running bowl/TV partner relationship is the Hyundai Sun Bowl, being carried on CBS for the 52nd consecutive year. FOX will carry two games, as will CBS Sports Network.

Friday, Dec. 20
Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlMAC/C-USA – Nassau, Bahamas – 2:00 pm – ESPN

Frisco BowlAAC/At-Large – Frisco, TX – 7:30 pm – ESPN2

Saturday, Dec. 21
Celebration BowlMEAC/SWAC – Atlanta, GA – 12 pm – ABC

New Mexico Bowl – MW/C-USA – Albuquerque, NM – 2 pm – ESPN

Cure BowlAAC/Sun Belt – Orlando, FL – 2:30 pm – CBSSN

Cheribundi Boca Raton BowlAAC/C-USA/MAC – Boca Raton, FL – 3:30 pm – ABC

Camellia BowlMAC/Sun Belt Montgomery, AL – 5:30 pm – ESPN

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl – MW/Pac-12 – Las Vegas, NV – 7:30 pm – ABC

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Sun Belt/C-USA – New Orleans, LA – 9:00 pm – ESPN

Monday, Dec. 23
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlAAC/C-USA – Tampa, FL – 2:30 pm – ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 24
SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU/MW or AAC – Honolulu, HI – 8:00 pm – ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 26
Walk-On’s Independence BowlSEC/ACC – Shreveport, LA – 4:00 pm – ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl – Big Ten/ACC – Detroit, MI – 8:00 pm – ESPN

Friday, Dec. 27
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop GrummanACC/AAC – Annapolis, MD – 12 pm – ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Big Ten/ACC – Bronx, NY – 3:20 pm – ESPN

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – Big 12/SEC – Houston, TX – 6:45 pm – ESPN

SDCCU Holiday Bowl – Pac-12/Big Ten – San Diego, CA – 8:00 pm – FS1

Cheez-It Bowl – Big 12/Pac-12 – Phoenix, AZ – 10:15 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 28
Camping World BowlACC/Big 12 – Orlando, FL – 12 pm – ABC

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – New Year’s Six – Arlington, TX – 12 pm – ESPN

Chick-fil-A Peach BowlCFP Semifinal – Atlanta, GA – 4 or 8 pm – ESPN

PlayStation Fiesta BowlCFP Semifinal – Glendale, AZ – 4 or 8 pm – ESPN

Monday, Dec. 30
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl – Big 12/C-USA – Dallas, TX – 12:30 pm – ESPN

Redbox Bowl – Pac-12/Big Ten – Santa Clara, CA – 4:00 pm – FOX

Franklin American Music City BowlSEC/ACC or Big Ten – Nashville, TN – 4:00 pm – ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl – New Year’s Six – Miami Gardens, FL – 8:00 pm – ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 31
Belk BowlACC/SEC – Charlotte, NC – 12 pm – ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl – Pac-12/ACC – El Paso, TX – 2:00 p.m. – CBS

AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Big 12/SEC – Memphis, TN – 3:45 pm – ESPN

Arizona Bowl – MW/Sun Belt – Tucson, AZ – 4:30 pm – CBSSN

Valero Alamo Bowl – Big 12/Pac-12 – San Antonio, TX – 7:30 pm – ESPN

Wednesday, Jan. 1
Citrus BowlSEC/Big Ten or ACC – Orlando, FL – 1:00 pm – ABC

Outback Bowl – Big Ten/SEC – Tampa, FL – 1:00 pm – ESPN

Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual – Big Ten/Pac-12 – Pasadena, CA – 5:00 pm – ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl – Big 12/SEC – New Orleans, LA – 8:45 pm – ESPN

Thursday, Jan. 2
Birmingham BowlSEC/AAC – Birmingham, AL – 3:00 pm – ESPN

Tax Slayer Gator BowlSEC/ACC/Big Ten – Jacksonville, FL – 7:00 pm – ESPN

Friday, Jan. 3
Famous Idaho Potato BowlMAC/MW – Boise, ID – 3:30 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Jan. 4
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – MW/Big 10 – Dallas, TX – 11:30 am – ESPN

Monday, Jan. 6
Mobile AL Bowl – Sun Belt/MAC – Mobile, AL – 7:30 pm ESPN

Monday, Jan. 13
CFP National Championship – New Orleans, LA – 8:00 pm – ESPN



EL PASO, Texas – Stuart Sliva took over as Sun Bowl Association Board President on May 1 and is set to hold the position until April of 2020.

Sliva has had a successful career in the automotive industry for over 25 years and is currently an executive representing the Ford brand with Fortune 200 company, Group 1 Automotive. Sliva is a recipient of four straight Group 1 Chairman Awards, an eight-time President’s Award winner with Ford Motor Company.

“I look forward to working together with Stuart Sliva at the helm of the Board of Directors and we expect that he will do a great job in keeping the Sun Bowl Association one of the top and long-standing organizations in El Paso,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association.

In his new role as President, Sliva is dedicated to the continued success of the Sun Bowl Association events such as the Sun Bowl Marathon All-American Golf Classic, Sun Bowl Parade, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, and the 86th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, scheduled on December 31, 2019.

Stuart’s priority is to preserve the legacy of the Sun Bowl Association and to continue the longstanding El Paso traditions many generations of families can enjoy.

“What a distinguished honor it is to have the opportunity to lead one of the most respected and long-standing organizations in El Paso, with 86 years of existence,” Sliva said. “We have such a great group of community leaders guiding the way for the future of the Sun Bowl Association. This is a very exciting time to be a part of the Sun Bowl. I am very confident that this is going to be a great year of growth and success for our association.”

Prior to taking on the role as Sun Bowl Association President, Stuart has served on the Board of Directors/Advisory since 1999, starting with co-chairing the Sun Bowl Rotarian Team Luncheon.

In addition to serving on the board with the Sun Bowl Association, Stuart served as a Trustee/President at St. Clements Church/School, a Rotarian, and former Board of Trustee for Schreiner University.

Stuart Sliva is married to Jennifer Lowenfield Sliva and together they have four children, Mason, Morgan, Cole, and Sophie.

The Board of Directors added two new members in Michelle Hays of Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare and Rebekah Wierson of Harrison French & Associates. All board members are listed below.

Board of Directors – 2019-20 Name Business/Company
Chair Emeritus Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Retired
President Stuart Sliva Group 1 Automotive
President-Elect Natalia Flores FirstLight Federal Credit Union
Executive Vice-President Robert Dunlop Schneider Electric
Immediate Past President Scott Mann Kemp Smith Law Firm
Secretary Tammy Gladkowski WestStar Bank
Treasurer John Aranda UTEP – Institutional Advancement
VP Community Relations Brooke Underwood Destination El Paso
VP Marketing Richard Dayoub Thunderbird Management Consulting
VP Legal Affairs Scott Mann Kemp Smith Law Firm
VP Public Relations Wayne Thornton El Paso Parks & Recreation
VP Volunteers Michael Guerra Guerra Investment Advisors
Chairman Basketball Barry Kobren Sanders Partners
Chairman CBS Host Asher Feinberg Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC
Chairman Coronation Linda Smith St. Mark’s School
Chairman Football John Folmer RJL Real Estate
Chairman Golf Mark Pelletier El Paso Country Club
Chairman Parade Jim Lawrence Quality Property Management
Chairman Special Events Art Munoz Independent Contractor
Chairman Provisions Allen Rystad Splash and Dash
Member Amen Ayoub Radisson Suites
Member Bill Coon YMCA
Member Michelle Kaip Elevation Hotel Management
Member Victor Salazar GCC Sun City Materials, LLC
Member Michelle Hays Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare
Member Rebekah Wierson HFA (Harrison French & Associates)
Member Travis Hughes Hughes Financial Group
Member Richard Limas Academy Sports + Outdoors
Member Tony Valtier Texas Workforce Commission


2019-20 SUN COURT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN February 26, 2019


EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Sun Court. Young women from the El Paso area will have the opportunity to represent the city and be community ambassadors during events such as the Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving morning and the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game on Dec. 31, 2019.

“We found out that by getting the application out earlier, it allowed those interested in applying to look at their schedules so that they can be a part of all the events we have,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “This is a wonderful tradition for the Sun Bowl and for El Paso. History has shown that we have some of the best women in the community to represent the Sun Bowl Association and the City of El Paso.”

The Sun Court is a tradition that dates back to 1935 and is an important part of the history of the Sun Bowl. Selection is based on poise, appearance, personality, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of El Paso. Contestants must also be a female between the ages of 18-22 (as of Sept. 1), not be married or have children, and be enrolled as a full-time student.

Applications are available online at sunbowl.org and can be emailed to Amber Herrera at aherrera@sunbowl.org. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 7, 2019 by 3 p.m. (MT).

For questions, please contact the Sun Bowl Association Office at (915) 533-4416.

Eligibility and Rules:
All Sun Princess applicants must fit criteria in order to be eligible.

• A female between the ages of 18-22 (as of Sept. 1) and have completed one year of college
• Have not been married and have not had any children
• Must be enrolled as a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 academic hours or full time in a graduate program
• A cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (Transcript must be included with application)
• Sun Princesses may not hold any other title during the time they are members of the Sun Court (i.e. Miss El Paso, Miss Texas, etc…)
• Responsible for their own transportation costs to attend mandatory events

Application/Submission Process: Official application, an official transcript, a professional resume, a color head shot no larger than 5×7, and an essay (500 words or less) telling us about yourself; include school activities and awards, community involvement, employment and why you want to be a Sun Princess.

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