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ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL SETS RECORD DONATION TO DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CENTER

ELECTS PETE DELONGCHAMPS CHAIR OF ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL BOARD

HOUSTON – The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl today announced a record-setting single-year donation to DePelchin Children’s Center for $210,000. The donation comes from the proceeds from the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl.

The Bowl presented the check to Jenifer Jarriel, the President and CEO of the DePelchin Children’s Center.

“In 2006, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl adopted DePelchin Children’s Center as its charitable beneficiary,” said Jarriel. “Since then they have donated over $1.8 million dollars in funding and promotional support. Most importantly, they have provided countless smiles on the faces of our children and once in a lifetime experiences for our families, giving them memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you to the incredible Board and staff of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl and all of the amazing volunteers who work to make this event a success each year — and to give even more children a chance at a brighter, happier future!”

Helping to continue to foster this relationship with DePelchin will be Pete DeLongchamps, the new chair of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Board. Mr. DeLongchamps currently serves as Senior Vice President for Group1 Automotive.

“I am looking forward to serving as the chair of the Texas Bowl Board. I am honored to continue the great work we have done in the community, specifically with our partner, DePelchin Children’s Center,” DeLongchamps said. “As someone who grew up in Houston, I look forward to promoting this game to the city of Houston.

“Pete has a passion for college sports and with over 35 years of professional experience and involvement in the Houston community, he is obviously a great choice for our board chair,” said David Fletcher, Executive Director of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. “I would like to thank our previous chair, June Deadrick for her service and contributions to the Bowl and its partners.”

DeLongchamps makes it a priority to give back. He serves on the board of Junior Achievement, Houston Christian Preparatory School and is involved with the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Kids Meals, the Houston SPCA and SEARCH Homeless Services.

DePelchin Children’s Center was named as the Bowl’s official charitable beneficiary in 2006. Founded in 1892 by Kezia Payne DePelchin, DePelchin Children’s Center is an accredited foster care and adoption agency serving the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and working to break the cycles of abuse and neglect. DePelchin’s approach to caring for kids integrates at-risk prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system. The Texas Bowl has donated nearly $2 million in support of these efforts to date.

The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl matched Texas A&M against Oklahoma State in the sixth year of the Bowl’s partnership with the Big 12 and the SEC. The Aggies scored 24 straight points to knock off Oklahoma State, 24-21 in the 14th installment of the Bowl game. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.

CONTACT:
Allie LeClair, (832) 919-0655

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl annually showcases teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences. The Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over the years. The game ranked fourth in attendance in 2019 behind only the Rose, Peach and Fiesta and was one of the Top 10 most watched Bowls of the year. In terms of its community impact, the bowl has generated an average of $50 million annually for the Houston economy and through its relationship with DePelchin Children’s Center, its official charitable beneficiary, nearly $2 million in financial support has been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity.

Press Release

FRISCO LONE STAR WIDE RECEIVER MARVIN MIMS NAMED 2019 MR. TEXAS FOOTBALL

HOUSTON – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the leading publication for all things football in Texas, and the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl are proud to announce Frisco Lone Star wide receiver Marvin Mims as the recipient of the 2019 Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year presented by Wells Fargo. Mims will be honored on the field at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl on Friday, December 27th at NRG Stadium, when the Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the Texas A&M Aggies.

Mr. Texas Football presented by Wells Fargo annually recognizes the most outstanding high school football player in the state of Texas.

Mims, a 6-foot, 173-pound receiver, put together one of the most remarkable seasons in Texas high school football history, finishing with 117 catches for a national record 2,629 yards and 32 touchdowns. Aside from his national single-season receiving yards mark, Mims also finishes as the state’s all-time leading receiver in a career, finishing with 5,485 yards — breaking the mark set by Jordan Shipley in 2003. His prolific talents fueled a Frisco Lone Star offense that averaged 49.2 points per game and pushed the Rangers into the Class 5A Division I state semifinals for just the second time in program history. Mims’ gaudy numbers and stalwart leadership make him a worthy recipient of the 2019 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year award.

Former winners of the award include 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray (2013 and 2014 winner, Allen), 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (2010 winner, Kerrville Tivy), former Texas Longhorns running back Johnathan Gray (2011 winner, Aledo), Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (2007 winner, Lamar Consolidated), current Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders (2017 winner, Denton Ryan) and Carolina Panthers quarterback Garrett Gilbert (2008 winner, Lake Travis). Mission Veterans Memorial quarterback Landry Gilpin, now at Southwestern University, took home the honor in 2018.

Fans, coaches and players voted for the state’s player of the week each week during the high school season by going to TexasFootball.com. Each weekly winner was announced online on each of the voting sites and their social media pages. All of the weekly winners were nominated for the Player of the Year award. The winner is selected at the conclusion of the high school football season, based on votes cast throughout the season as well as editorial staff consideration. The votes were tabulated by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will once again feature a matchup between Big 12 and SEC opponents, as the Oklahoma State Cowboys face off with the Texas A&M Aggies. The 2018 Bowl featured the Baylor Bears, representing the Big 12 Conference, and the Vanderbilt Commodores, representing the SEC. The Bears defeated the Commodores, 45-38, in a thrilling offensive shootout. Overall, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has ranked in the Top-5 in attendance since 2014, trailing only the Rose, Cotton, Peach and Sugar Bowls in that time.

For more information on the Mr. Texas Football Award, visit http://www.academytexasbowl.com/ or www.texasfootball.com.

About the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences, for the next two years. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over the years. The game has ranked fifth in attendance since 2014 behind only the Rose, Peach, Cotton and Sugar Bowls. In terms of its community impact, the bowl has generated an average of $50 million annually for the Houston economy and through its relationship with DePelchin Children’s Center, its official charitable beneficiary, more than $1.6 million in financial support has been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity.

About Dave Campbell’s Texas Football:

For nearly 60 years, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has been “the bible” to millions of football fans across the Lone Star State. The annual summer edition of the magazine remains a rite of passage for all Texans, previewing every football team in the state — from the rabid world of Texas high school football, through the college ranks, and into the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans. Over the course of six decades, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football remains the undisputed leader in Texas high school football, Texas college football and more.

TexasFootball.com is the online home of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, covering high school football, college football and recruiting all across the Lone Star State. From thought-provoking commentary to videos to podcasts to its daily live show, nobody covers football in Texas like TexasFootball.com.

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Press Release

TEXAS MUSIC ARTISTS TO HIGHLIGHT ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL PREGAME AND BOWL WEEK FESTIVITIES

Kody West to kick off the weekend!

HOUSTON – Kody West will kick off the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl weekend on Thursday, Dec. 26 with a free concert at Downtown Houston’s newest bar and live music venue, The Rustic, starting at 8:30 p.m. at the 2019 Kickoff Concert presented by Toyota. This free show does require a ticket which can be secured here.  VIP packages are also available for the show starting at $25 and can be purchased by following the previous link. The show concludes a full night of activities around the Karbach Bowl Bash, the fan celebration event in Eado and Downtown Houston the night prior to the game.  For more information on all the events, please visit http://www.academytexasbowl.com/events/.

The country music does not stop there. On game day, Casey Donahew Band will perform live on the Main Stage of Karbach Love Street TexFest at NRG Stadium prior to the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. The pregame festivities begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27 leading up to the 5:45 p.m. kickoff between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas A&M Aggies. 

Kody West started playing music in 2014, eager to take on as many acoustic gigs and songwriting competitions in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area that he could. He took on the role of tour manager in the beginning of 2015. On the road with the band, he rapidly gained valuable hands-on experience working and playing music across the state of Texas. Thanks to this time on the road and his endearing songwriting, he was quick to gain a large following of loyal fans. In the past 3 years, he and his band have traveled across the country playing their good for the soul tunes, and are now working on a new record to be released in the new year. The wheels on the van never stop turning and these boys never stop working.

Country music artist, Casey Donahew, is a Burleson, Texas native that has carved out an impressive niche for himself on the country music scene for over the past 17 years, attracting a solid base of loyal fans who flock to his legendary live shows. Building his career from the ground up one show at a time, Donahew managed to perform on countless stages night after night in front of thousands. For nearly the last two decades, Casey has racked up 18 #1 singles, and became a national headliner, playing coast-to-coast and selling out venues such as Billy Bob’s and The Grizzly Rose multiple times. Donahew has over 120 MILLION on-demand digital music streams, and over 330 MILLION streams on Pandora.

Karbach Love Street TexFest, the official pregame party for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, will take place in and around Bud Light Plaza throughout the south end of NRG Stadium. Along with live entertainment, the event will feature select $2.50 beers, Texas themed food, giveaways, interactive games and spirit walks as the teams enter the stadium. The event is free of charge for all fans with tickets to the game. More than 50,000 seats have already been sold to date for the Bowl.  Limited seats remain and can be purchased online at www.academytexasbowl.com or www.ticketmaster.com, on the phone at 832-667-2390 or in person at the NRG Stadium box office inside Bud Light Plaza. Ticket prices for this game range from $35-200. Special group packages are available by calling 832-667-2390. Fans can also call 832-667-2160 for more information on suites and premium hospitality.

The following is a media schedule for all Bowl Week team activities leading up to the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. Addresses are included at the bottom of the schedule. Media should RSVP to allie.leclair@houstontexans.com for all bowl week events. Times and locations are subject to change. Events are closed to the public unless noted.                                            

DATE

TIME (Central)

EVENT

LOCATION

MONDAY, DEC. 23

5 – 7 p.m.

Rodeo Bowl

NRG Arena

TUESDAY, DEC. 24

8:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Scavenger Hunt at the Children’s Museum

Children’s Museum of Houston

THURSDAY, DEC. 26

11:20 a.m. (TAMU) & 11:35 a.m. (OSU)

Final Head Coach Media Availability

Hyatt Regency Hotel

THURSDAY, DEC. 26

Noon – 2 p.m.

Team Luncheon presented by CenterPoint Energy

Hyatt Regency Hotel

THURSDAY, DEC. 26

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Media Reception – This event is free and open to all media members

Armadillo Palace

THURSDAY, DEC. 26

6 p.m.

Karbach Hopadillo Bowl Bash V – Open to the public

East Downtown Bar Crawl

THURSDAY, DEC. 26

8:30 p.m.

Toyota Kickoff Concert – Open to the public

The Rustic – Downtown Houston

FRIDAY, DEC. 27

9 – 11 a.m.

Family Spirit Day – Open to the public

Rice Stadium

FRIDAY, DEC. 27

3 – 5:45 p.m.     

Karbach Love Street TexFest – Open to ticket-holding public

Bud Light Plaza – NRG Stadium

FRIDAY, DEC. 27

5:45 p.m.

2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium

 

HEADQUARTER HOTELS

Texas A&M:

Hyatt Regency Downtown
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002 

Oklahoma State:

The Westin Galleria
5060 West Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77056

Media:

Aloft Houston by the Galleria  
5415 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056

BOWL WEEK EVENT LOCATIONS

NRG Stadium
Two NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054

NRG Arena
One NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054 

Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004

Armadillo Palace
5015 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77098

 

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over the years. The game has ranked fifth in attendance since 2014 behind only the Rose, Peach, Cotton and Sugar Bowls in that time. In terms of its community impact, the bowl has generated an average of $50 million annually for the Houston economy and through its relationship with DePelchin Children’s Center, its official charitable beneficiary, more than $1.6 million in financial support has been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 16 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

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2019 ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL TO BE CALLED BY ESPN’S KEVIN BROWN, ANDRE WARE AND ALYSSA LANG

HOUSTON –The matchup between No. 25 ranked Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University will kick off Friday, Dec. 27 at 5:45 p.m. at NRG Stadium and broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Calling the action in the booth for ESPN television will be Kevin Brown and Andre Ware with Alyssa Lang on the sideline. The ESPN Radio crew will consist of Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Taylor Davis.

This will be the first time Oklahoma State and Texas A&M have met in a bowl game since the 1981 Independence Bowl, where the Aggies defeated the Cowboys 33-16. The two programs have played each other 27 times and Texas A&M currently leads the series with a 17-10 record. Oklahoma State and Texas A&M first met in 1913 when Oklahoma State won 3-0. Their last meeting occurred in 2011 when the Cowboys came out on top, 30-29.

Ticket prices for this game range from $35-200 and may be purchased online at www.academytexasbowl.com or www.ticketmaster.com, on the phone at 832-667-2390 or in person at the NRG Stadium box office inside Bud Light Plaza. Special group packages are available by calling 832-667-2390. Fans can also call 832-667-2160 for more information on suites and premium hospitality.

 

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over the years. The game has ranked fifth in attendance since 2014 behind only the Rose, Peach, Cotton and Sugar Bowls in that time. In terms of its community impact, the bowl has generated an average of $50 million annually for the Houston economy and through its relationship with DePelchin Children’s Center, its official charitable beneficiary, more than $1.6 million in financial support has been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity.

 

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 16 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages. 

CONTACTS:

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Contact: Allie LeClair, (832) 667-2050 or allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

ESPN Media Contact: Anna Negron, (860) 766-2233 or anna.m.negron@espn.com

 

 

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PROJECTIONS, WEEK 14

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL

HOUSTON – With the college football regular season now concluded, media outlets continue to update and refine their final bowl projections. Listed below are some selected Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl projections from various national outlets. Texas A&M is this week’s consensus pick to represent the SEC, while Oklahoma State is the popular pick out of the Big 12. Official team announcements will be made in the afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 8.

The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will feature teams from the Big 12 and SEC conferences and will kick off at 5:45 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 27 at NRG Stadium and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The following are some projected Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl matchups from selected national media outlets:

Outlet

Big 12 Team

SEC Team

ESPN.com (Kyle Bonagura)

Kansas State

Texas A&M

ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach)

Kansas State

Texas A&M

CBSSports.com

Oklahoma State

Texas A&M

Bleacher Report

Texas

Mississippi State

The Athletic

Oklahoma State

Texas A&M

247 Sports

Oklahoma State

Texas A&M

                                                                                                                                                     

Following are the bowl-eligible teams from the Big 12 and SEC Conferences following Week 14:

Big 12 Conference

Southeastern Conference

Baylor (11-1)

LSU (12-0)

Oklahoma (11-1)

Alabama (10-2)

Oklahoma State (8-4)

Georgia (11-1)

Kansas State (8-4)

Florida (10-2)

Texas (7-5)

Auburn (9-3)

Iowa State (7-5)

Texas A&M (7-5)

 

Tennessee (6-5)

 

Kentucky (7-5)

 

Mississippi State (6-6)

 

For more information, please contact Texas Bowl media relations Allie LeClair at 832-667-2050 or visit the Texas Bowl’s official website, www.academytexasbowl.com.

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PROJECTIONS, WEEK 13

ACADMEY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL

HOUSTON – As the college football season heads into its final month, media outlets continue to update and refine their bowl projections. Listed below are some selected Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl projections from various national outlets. Texas A&M is this week’s consensus pick to represent the SEC, while Texas and Oklahoma State tie as the popular pick out of the Big 12.

The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will feature teams from the Big 12 and SEC conferences and will kick off at 5:45 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 27 and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The following are some projected Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl matchups from selected national media outlets:

Outlet

Big 12 Team

SEC Team

ESPN.com (Kyle Bonagura)

Iowa State

Miss. State

ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach)

Texas

Texas A&M

CBSSports.com

Oklahoma State

Texas A&M

SportingNews.com

Texas

Miss. State

The Athletic

Oklahoma State

Texas A&M

                                                                                                                      
Following are the bowl-eligible teams from the Big 12 and SEC Conferences at the conclusion of Week 13:

Big 12 Conference

Southeastern Conference

Oklahoma (10-1)

LSU (11-0)

Baylor (10-1)

Alabama (10-1)

Oklahoma State (8-3)

Georgia (10-1)

Iowa State (7-4)

Florida (9-2)

Kansas State (7-4)

Auburn (8-3)

Texas (6-5)

Texas A&M (7-4)

 

Tennessee (6-5)

 

Kentucky (6-5)

 

For more information, please contact Texas Bowl media relations Allie LeClair at 832-667-2050 or visit the Texas Bowl’s official website, www.academytexasbowl.com.

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PROJECTIONS, WEEK 12

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL

HOUSTON – As the college football season prepares to head into its final month, media outlets continue to update and refine their bowl projections. Listed below are some selected Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl projections from various national outlets. Texas A&M is this week’s consensus pick to represent the SEC, while Iowa State and Oklahoma State is a three-way tie as the popular pick out of the Big 12.

The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will feature teams from the Big 12 and SEC conferences and will kick off at 5:45 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 27 and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The following are some projected Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl matchups from selected national media outlets:

Outlet

Big 12 Team

SEC Team

ESPN.com (Mitch Sherman)

Iowa State

Texas A&M

The Athletic

Oklahoma State

Texas A&M

                                                                                                                                Following are the bowl-eligible teams from the Big 12 and SEC Conferences following Week 12:     

Big 12 Conference

Southeastern Conference

Oklahoma (9-1)

LSU (10-0)

Baylor (9-1)

Alabama (9-1)

Oklahoma State ((7-3)

Georgia (9-1)

Iowa State (6-4)

Florida (9-2)

Texas (6-4)

Texas A&M (7-3)

Kansas State (6-4)

Auburn (7-3)

                                                                                                              

For more information, please contact Texas Bowl media relations director Allie LeClair at 832-667-2050 or visit the Texas Bowl’s official website, www.thetexasbowl.com.

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SECURE OFFICIAL TICKET PACKAGES FOR THE 2019 ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL THROUGH PRIMESPORT

College football returns to Houston in December for the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl! Experience the action LIVE from NRG Stadium with an Official Ticket Package from PRIMESPORT, the Official VIP Hospitality & Fan Travel Package Provider of the Academu Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. 

PRIMESPORT, a division of On Location Experiences, is the leader in providing direct access to the largest events in sports and entertainment. Through their partnership with the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, fans can securely purchase official tickets and experiences through PRIMESPORT for the ultimate gameday experience. Official packages offer a premium selection of game tickets bundled with a pre-game field pass, giving fans exclusive sideline access during warmups!

For more information on PRIMESPORT and Official Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl experiences, visit PRIMESPORT.com.

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TICKETS FOR THE 2019 ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL GO ON SALE FRIDAY, NOV. 1

HOUSTON – Tickets for the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will go on sale to the general public Friday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. CT.

This year’s game, featuring a Big 12 versus SEC showdown for the 6th straight year, will be played on Friday, Dec. 27, at 5:45 p.m. CT at NRG Stadium in Houston and will be televised nationally on ESPN. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is one of 15 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

Ticket prices range from $37-$150 and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, on the phone at 832-667-2390 or in person at the NRG Stadium box office inside Bud Light Plaza. Special group packages are available by calling 832-667-2390. Fans can also call 832-667-2160 for more information on suites and premium hospitality.  To date, over 44,000 seats have already been sold for the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl.

Last year’s Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl saw the Baylor Bears defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores 45-38.  The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has ranks in the Top-5 overall in bowl attendance since 2014, trailing only the Rose, Cotton, Sugar and Peach Bowls in that time.

For more information, visit www.AcademyTexasBowl.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

Collegiate Football
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Fla.); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl (Texas);  Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (Nassau);  MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Atlanta); Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Myrtle Beach Bowl (South Carolina); New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); SoFi Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta)

Collegiate Basketball

Armed Forces Classic (Anchorage, Alaska); Charleston Classic (South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (TBD) Myrtle Beach Invitational (Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Orlando Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.);  Phil Knight Invitational (Portland, Ore.); State Farm Champions Classic (New York City) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

Collegiate Softball

St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational Presented by Wilson (Clearwater, Fla.)

Collegiate Esports

Collegiate Esports Championship (Houston)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

CONTACT:

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Contact: Allie LeClair, (832) 667-2050 or allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

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ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL GRIDIRON LEGENDS CLASS OF 2019 ANNOUNCED

HOUSTON – The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Committee has selected the 2019 Class of Gridiron Legends, the committee announced today. The honorees will be introduced at the 2019 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game on Sept. 13 and will be inducted into the Gridiron Legends at a special pregame ceremony during the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl game at NRG Stadium on Dec. 27.

The class of 2019 features Houston Texans seven-time Pro Bowl and four-time All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson, Rice All-American and 2008 Texas Bowl Champion Jarett Dillard, Former UT athletic director and Texas Sports Hall of Fame member DeLoss Dodds, University of Houston All-Time great quarterback David Klingler, Texas A&M All-American and seven-time Pro-Bowl offensive lineman Richmond Webb, and 10-time HISD coach of the year and High School football legend Ray Seals.

Houston Texans seven-time Pro Bowl and four time All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson started his career off at Miami Senior High School, where he lettered in football, track and basketball. He was named an All-America selection in his senior year where he caught 31 passes for 908 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his three seasons at the University of Miami, Johnson ended up ranking fifth on the school’s all-time receiving yards list after producing 92 receptions for 1,831 yards and 20 touchdowns. He became the second player in Hurricane history to crack the single-season 1,000-yard receiving barrier in his junior year. As a sophomore, he earned multiple honors and helped Miami win its first national title in 10 years, catching 37 passes for 682 yards and a college career best of 10 touchdowns. In the 2002 Rose Bowl, Andre Johnson was named the Co-Player of the Game when he caught seven passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. The Houston Texans drafted Johnson as the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he started all 16 games and recorded at least one catch in each game. Throughout his 12 seasons with the Texans, Johnson became the team’s all-time leading receiver with 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns. He ranks ninth on the all-time receptions list and 12th in yards receiving. He is one of three players in modern NFL history to lead the league in receiving in back-to-back years. Johnson averaged an NFL all-time 6.0 receptions per game in his career and 80.5 yards receiving per game ranks second in NFL history. With a list of accolades under his belt, Johnson made seven trips to the Pro Bowl. He is a four-time Houston Texans team MVP, and holds the franchise record for the most starts and games played with 169. Johnson became the second-fastest player to reach 1,000 catches in NFL history, doing so in his 168th career game. He also holds the NFL record with 21 career games with 10 or more receptions and 100 or more yards receiving. Johnson set a standard for the Texans, making numerous records for the young team. In 2017, Andre Johnson made his official retirement and later in that year he became the first-ever inductee into the Texans Ring of Honor. Currently, Andre Johnson acts as the Special Advisor to the Head Coach for the Houston Texans.

Former Rice University All-American, wide receiver Jarett Dillard hails from San Antonio, Texas. There he played at Sam Houston High School as a three-year letterman and starter for the Hurricanes. He was a two-time all-district selection at wide receiver, and added all-area to his honors as a senior. Along with football, Dillard also competed for the Sam Houston basketball and track team. He helped the Hurricanes to the 2003 Class 4A state tournament in basketball, and competed in the 2003 Regional Track Meet in both hurdles events. After being accepted into Rice University and taking a redshirt his freshman year, Dillard came out strong, starting in eight games in his first season. For the next three years, Jarett Dillard re-wrote the Rice record book for wide receivers, passing a number of recognizable candidates to become a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2006. In that same year, Dillard became the first Owl since Charles Torrello in 1997 to be named first-team All-America selection by ESPN.com. He earned second-team status by The Walter Camp Foundation, Associated Press, The Sporting News and SI.com. Dillard broke the NCAA record for consecutive games in a season with 13 games, sharing the mark with Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald. Jarett Dillard was named the 2007 Consensus C-USA pick and was honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated after leading the Owls with 79 catches for 1,057 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the C-USA receivers with his 14 touchdowns, along with his average of 7.5 catches per conference game. In 2008, Dillard became Rice’s first Football Writers All-America selection since Buddy Dial in 1958. He also earned All-America mention from CBSSports.com. He became a three-time, first-team consensus All C-USA selection, the first Owl to be a consensus pick for conference honors for three consecutive seasons. Dillard led the NCAA with 19 touchdown catches and became the first receiver in NCAA history to have two, 19-touchdown reception seasons. He became the 10th receiver in NCAA history to top 4,000 yards receiving after his 88-yard effort versus Marshall. In his entire career at Rice, he earned five NCAA receiving records including; most career touchdowns (59), most career touchdowns by a passing duo with quarterback Chase Clement (50). Most career games with a touchdown catch (37), most games with a touchdown catch in a season (13 in 2006), and combined with Clement to earn the Walter Camp foundation National Offensive Players of the Week and C-USA offensive honors. Dillard wrapped up his collegiate career by becoming the 2008 Texas Bowl Champions as Rice defeated Western Michigan in his final game with the Owls.

Dillard was drafted by Jacksonville in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft where he spent three seasons with the Jaguars. The accolades didn’t stop when his playing days ended. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage award. Dillard currently practices law in the state of Texas and is a longtime Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl volunteer.

Former athletic director for the University of Texas for 32 years, DeLoss Dodds is one of the most accomplished college sports executives in the country, with an athletic career spanning five decades. The Longhorns claimed 14 national titles under his tenure, including the 2005 National Championship in Football. Dodds’ career started after he graduated from Kansas State University in 1959 with a degree in physical education. After spending time in graduate school and in the Army, he became the head track and field coach at K-State in 1963, where he served in that position for 14 years. After guiding the Wildcats to six Big Eight titles and all of his accomplishments with the team, Dodds was inducted into the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989, the Kansas State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and the U.S. Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006. DeLoss Dodds began his career in sports administration by turning a struggling “in-the-red” athletics department into a money-maker in three years as the director of athletics at Kansas State. Prior to UT, he acted as an assistant commissioner to the Big Eight Conference for two years. In 1981, Dodds was hired by the University of Texas to become the school’s sixth athletic director. In his career, he took another struggling program and revived it, overseeing the department’s budget and helping change the face of Texas athletics.  He guided the creation of The Longhorn Foundation in 1986, which raised funds invested in student-athlete scholarships, academic services, sports medicine, facilities and other resources directed at student-athlete development. During his tenure, the Longhorns Athletics program enjoyed some of its most dynamic times. From the fall of 1981 to September 2013, the longhorns claimed 14 National Championships and 108 conference (Southwest and Big 12) titles in nine different sports. With Dodds’ vision for the program, Texas became a national name. The Longhorn’s football run to the BCS National Championship during the 2005 season highlighted one of the most successful periods in UT Athletics history. That fourth title underscored a decade of achievements with at least 10 other victories in nine consecutive seasons. In 2006, Dodds was awarded with the National Football Foundation and the John L. Toner Award for demonstrating his superior administrative abilities. The following year, he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. DeLoss Dodds was honored as the 2011 Athletic Director of the Year at the Sports Business Awards. In October of 2013, Dodds announced his retirement as the Texas Men’s athletic director, and the following month all the way up to the present day, DeLoss Dodds has served as special assistant to the UT President.

University of Houston All-American quarterback David Klingler was at the controls during the Cougars’ record-setting run-n-shoot days of the early 90s. His career started here in Houston at Stratford High School where he shined on the field. His performance at Stratford earned him multiple scholarship opportunities Stanford and Pitt for basketball, while Kansas and Ball State wanted him for both basketball and football. Klingler instead decided to stay close to home and attended the University of Houston on a football scholarship. In the beginning, he studied the nuances of the Cougars run-and-shoot play style while being a back up to 1989 Heisman winner, Andre Ware. During his college career, Klingler made a strong impact on the Cougars from 1988-91, bringing a lot of attraction to the school. In the 1990 season, a lot of weight was put on his shoulders after Andre Ware and then Head Coach Jack Pardee left for the NFL, putting Klingler onto the front line. To the surprise of many, Klingler did better than anticipated, breaking or tying numerous passing records in his tenure. Completing 726 of his 1,262 passes for 9,430 yards and 91 touchdowns, posting multiple school records and even more NCAA records. David Klingler set an impressive 48 NCAA records in his two starting seasons with the Cougars. One of those honors being the NCAA record for touchdown passes in a season with 54 touchdowns in 1990. This record stood unbreakable for 16 years until it was broken in 2006 in the Hawaii Bowl. The 1990 season continued to be outstanding for the quarterback, as Klingler led the Cougars to be ranked No. 3 in college football, the programs highest ever ranking. He racked up multiple awards that season as the winner of the 1990 Sammy Baugh Trophy, and the Southwest Conference Player of the Year. Klingler made a valiant push to win the Heisman Trophy and came out as a finalist. A stand out for the University of Houston, David still ranks in the top ten for career touchdown passes and yards, and currently ranks among All-Time passing leaders at the University of Houston. After his career with the Cougars, David Klingler went on to be drafted as the sixth overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1992 NFL Draft.

Former offensive lineman Richmond Webb had an outstanding career at both the collegiate and professional level. Originally, out of Dallas, Webb was a star at Roosevelt High School. He played alongside future NFL players, LB Aaron Wallace and WR Kevin Williams. Initially recruited as a defensive end, Richmond Webb switched over to the offensive side of the ball and became a dominant player at Texas A&M University. During his time as an Aggie, the All-American offensive lineman was a force on the field. He helped the Aggies win two Southwest Conference Championships and was All-SWC in 1989. Webb also received the Aggie Heart Award in the same year. His 13-year NFL career started when the Miami Dolphins selected him as the ninth overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. Webb took charge right out the gate, being named NFL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News in his first season. He also made the Pro-Bowl in his rookie season, which was his first of many. In fact, Webb was invited to seven consecutive Pro-Bowls from 1990 to 1996. A four-time AP All-Pro, Richmond Webb set a team record for 118 consecutive starts and helped the Dolphins make the playoffs in eight of his 11 seasons with the team. He was a key blocker and pass protector for Hall of Fame quarterback, Dan Marino from 1990-99. The success of that 1990 season, led the Dolphins to become the All-Decade Team for that year. After his lengthy tenure with the Dolphins, Webb continued to be a key contributor on the field for the Cincinnati Bengals during the final years of his career. In his time there, the Bengals’ offensive line allowed the fourth-fewest sacks in team history and had the second-best individual rushing performance. Richmond Webb concluded his NFL career by retiring as a Dolphin in 2005. Soon after, Webb was added to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2006 along with former S Dick Anderson. In 2007, Richmond Webb was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame and currently ranks no. 16 on the list of the All-Time Greatest Aggies.

Legendary Head Football coach and Athletic Coordinator, Ray Seals has spent nearly the last 50 years as a dominant figure in Houston ISD Athletics. The 10-time HISD Coach of the Year garners an iconic coaching career and has been recognized on the high school, college and professional level. Seals got his start in HISD in 1972 after he was hired as an assistant at Sam Houston. After a few stops at Sterling Aviation High School, Milby High School and James Madison High School, he received his first head-coaching job in 1983 at Milby before taking over the head coaching position at Madison in 1988. For over the next 23 years, Ray Seals built a dynasty at Madison High School, compiling a 212-96 record, along with 21 playoff appearances. As a result of his success on the field, the Prairie View A&M graduate was eventually inducted into several Halls of Honor. These included ones from the Texas High School Coaches Association, the Greater Houston Football Coaches association and HISD. A well-respected figure in football, over 200 of Seals’ players have been awarded scholarships to play at the collegiate level. Another handful more went on to play in the NFL. A few of those notable names spawn under Seals’ coaching include former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young and former Detroit Lions fullback Moran Norris. In 2008, Ray Seals was selected as the NFL High School Coach of the Year. A few years later, Seals was named the inaugural Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year after being nominated by the Houston Texans. In 2011, Ray Seals decided to call an end to his iconic 46-year career. His record at Madison ended at 182-82-1.

The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will feature teams from the Big 12 and SEC and will kick off at 5:45 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 27. The game, which has ranked fifth in bowl game attendance in the country behind only the Rose, Cotton, Sugar and Peach Bowls since 2014, will air nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio with a local radio broadcast on SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM).

Tickets remain for the 2019 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game featuring the University of Houston Cougars and the Washington State Cougars on Friday, September 13 and can be purchased through the website at http://www.advocaretexaskickoff.com/tickets/.

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