Mustangs to return to Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl in 2012

Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl logoFor its school-record 4th consecutive bowl appearance, SMU has accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, as announced by Executive Director David A.K. Matlin on Monday.

The game will be played on Christmas Eve (Monday, Dec. 24) at 7 p.m. CST/3 p.m. HST and will be telecast by ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The game will also be broadcast on North Texas radio by The Ticket, 1310 AM.

The Mustangs broke a 25-year bowl drought with the 2009 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, and this year’s game will represent something of a victory lap for the team’s graduating seniors. “I think ending the streak was by far the top one and this one seals it,” linebacker Ja’Gared Davis told The Dallas Morning News. “It puts a cap on all our careers here. It’s a great honor to all the seniors.”

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Special pricing on 2010 bowl tickets for SMU faculty, staff and students

Armed Forces Bowl logoThe Mustangs will make their second consecutive bowl appearance in 2010 – and this time, the action takes place at home. SMU faces the Army Black Knights in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, in Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Because the Armed Forces Bowl is a postseason game run by an outside organization, each attendee must purchase a ticket. To show appreciation for SMU’s faculty, staff and students, SMU Athletics is offering a 50% percent discount on game tickets to holders of valid SMU IDs – reducing the price from $40 to $20 each.

Faculty and staff may buy up to four (4) tickets at the discounted rate, and students may purchase one (1) ticket for personal use.

Discounted tickets must be purchased from the SMU Ticket Office, located on the north side of Ford Stadium. Show your SMU ID to receive the discount. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 13, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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It’s home-field advantage for SMU at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

AFBowlIn what seemed like mere moments after a hard-fought 17-7 loss to UCF for the Conference USA Championship, SMU announced on Saturday, Dec. 4 that it had accepted an invitation to play the Army Black Knights at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. And this year, the Mustangs will play the game on home turf.

The Armed Forces Bowl, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 30 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, will mark SMU’s second consecutive bowl appearance. It features a battle between “turnaround” teams, as Head Coach June Jones guides the Mustangs in a matchup against Army coach Rich Ellerson, who brought the 6-5 Black Knights back to postseason play after they only won more than three games five times in the past 14 seasons.

Traditionally played at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl will be played at SMU due to renovations at the Fort Worth venue.

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According to the press release, the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was “officially declared a sellout” last week with only standing-room tickets still available. ESPN will broadcast the Armed Forces Bowl nationwide.

The SMU Ticket Office is now taking orders for bowl tickets, which will be allocated based on SMU’s Priority Points system. The deadline for ordering with priority seating will be 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. After this deadline, tickets will be allocated and orders will be fulfilled. Any remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets ordered through the SMU Ticket Office will be located in Mustang fan sections, which are designated by the bowl. For more information or to place an order, call 214-SMU-GAME (768-4263).

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Mustangs accept Sheraton Hawaii Bowl invitation

President Turner, Steve Orsini and June Jones at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl announcementSMU has accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Executive Director David A. K. Matlin announced today.

The Mustangs, who have posted the biggest turnaround in the nation this season, will snap a 25-year bowl drought with this berth. The 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) at 7 p.m. CST/3 p.m. HST and will be telecast by ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

“We are very excited with the return of June Jones to Hawaii to participate in his fifth Sheraton Hawaii Bowl as a coach,” Matlin said. “Spending the Christmas season in Hawaii will be a well deserved reward for the players, coaches and the loyal Mustang fans.”

“Having had the opportunity to participate in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in 2005, I can say with confidence that it is truly one of the best postseason experiences in college football,” said Steve Orsini, SMU athletics director. “This is a trip of a lifetime and an excellent reward for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. We are excited to represent SMU and Conference USA in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.”

“We set this bowl as a goal before the season started and I am so happy that our players will be able to have this experience,” said June Jones, head football coach. “Reaching our first bowl game in 25 years is special – not only for our current student-athletes, but also for the guys who came before them and our student body, staff and fans. This bowl has special meaning for me personally, as eight years ago, I was part of the original vision ESPN and Sheraton had for Hawaii and the nation. It is exciting to be a part of one of the best bowl experiences in college football.”

SMU (7-5) will be making its 11th bowl appearance and its first since 1984, when it played in the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu. The Mustangs tied for first place with Houston in the Conference-USA West Division with identical 6-2 league records.

Above, left to right, SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Athletics Director Steve Orsini and Head Football Coach June Jones announce SMU’s invitation to play in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

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