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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Sports: honors Mustangs, Jones

SMU offensive lineman J.T. BrooksMustang football has made plenty of news since SMU’s 45-10 Christmas Eve win over Nevada in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The latest comes from, which named Head Coach June Jones its Coach of the Bowl Season and sophomore offensive lineman J.T. Brooks (left) to its All-Bowl Team. The site also ranked first-year quarterback Kyle Padron‘s 460-yard, two-touchdown performance the 8th best among all players in the postseason. The full list of CFN’s honors is available on the website. Read more from SMU Athletics.

In addition, the Mustangs received a vote in the final USA Today Coaches Poll. The team entered the bowl season as the biggest underdog in any bowl game yet finished with the largest margin of victory in all bowl games played. Read more.

SMU wide receiver Emmanuel SandersMeanwhile, senior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (right) has accepted an invitation to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game at 2 p.m. CST Jan. 23 in Orlando, Florida. Sanders, who will play for the West Team, joins a list that includes John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 62 NFL Hall of Famers who have played in the contest, which is America’s longest-running college all-star football game. Read more.

The No. 18 SMU women’s swimming and diving team welcomes Rice and Houston Jan. 22-24 in a pair of dual meets at Perkins Natatorium. The weekend will give fans the chance to see the Mustangs compete against two of the top-tier schools in Conference USA this season. Read more.

SMU guard Jillian SamuelsBoth SMU swim teams received national recognition Jan. 21 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The women’s team moved up to No. 18 in the latest poll, while men’s swimming and diving earned a rank of No. 23 – the biggest jump of any school in the poll, as the Mustang men were the only new team to enter the top 25. Read more.

Senior guard Jillian Samuels (left) tied her career-high game record with 20 points and became the 17th player in SMU history to score 1,000 points in a career while leading the women’s basketball team to a 70-59 home win over Tulane Jan. 17. She went 6-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and made 6 of 7 free-throw attempts during the SMU victory. The team hosts East Carolina at 5 p.m. Jan. 23 in Moody Coliseum. Read more.

Inside the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Band.jpgSMU’s selection for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl has gotten the entire SMU community involved – from the band and cheerleaders to the Peruna mascot.

The 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will begin at 7 p.m. CST/3 p.m. HST Thursday, Dec. 24, and will be telecast by ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. SMU News has collected stories related to the game, and the historic campuswide experience:

• Members of the Mustang Band and Spirit Squad blog from Hawaii on SMU Adventures. Read their blog.

• Public Affairs staffer Robert Bobo is providing live commentary from the scene in Hawaii. Follow Bobo’s Bowl Blog.

• The 2009 SMU football anthem “For My City” by hip-hop artist J-Makk united a team, its campus and its hometown. Watch the video.

• From The Dallas Morning News: SMU packs for the bowl.

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Calendar Highlights: Dec. 15, 2009

As the days dwindle down to a precious few…some important dates at a glance:

Holiday bells stock artThrough Dec. 17: Examinations
Dec. 18: Guildhall at SMU Fall 2009 Exhibition
Dec. 19: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 19: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 21-25: University holidays
Dec. 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – SMU Mustangs vs. Nevada Wolfpack, 7 p.m. CT, ESPN
Jan. 1: University holiday
Jan 5-14: J Term 2010 at SMU-in-Plano

Food for Fines ends Friday: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2009 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 18. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fines for SMU faculty, staff and students. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library Center, Hamon Arts Library, and the ISEM Reading Room – drop off food donations at any of these libraries.

Meet the Mustangs for a Hawaiian lunch Dec. 15

Stock photo of a pineappleSMU Dining Services will celebrate the Mustangs’ upcoming Sheraton Hawaii Bowl matchup against the Nevada Wolfpack with a Hawaiian menu from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Dec. 15 in RFoC @ Lee, Umphrey Lee Center.

University community members can meet and mingle with players and coaches from noon to 1 p.m. The lunch will cost $9.20 at the door and can be deducted from a meal plan.

Menu selections include the following:

  • Lemon Pepper-Crusted Hawaiian Sunfish with a Citrus Mandarin Shrimp Sauce
  • Huli Huli Chicken
  • Kalua Suckling Pig
  • Hilo Fried Rice
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Hawaiian Sweet Bread
  • Kahoolawe Banana Bread

For more information, contact Kami Gantt.

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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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