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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY AND TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY ACCEPT BIDS TO PLAY IN ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL

Coaches to Discuss Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in Conference Calls Today

HOUSTONOklahoma State and Texas A&M have accepted bids to play in the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. Oklahoma State will represent the Big 12 Conference and Texas A&M will represent the Southeastern Conference. The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 27, at 5:45 p.m. CT at NRG Stadium. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio, as well as locally on SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM).

“We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas A&M Aggies, two excellent institutions from the Big 12 and SEC,” remarked Board Chair June Deadrick. “The Bowl has grown into one of the largest annual events in our community and we’re excited to welcome these teams to Houston. We look forward to hosting the teams and their passionate fan bases for a festive bowl week of Texas-themed events that will culminate at NRG Stadium on Friday, December 27.”

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. To date, nearly 50,000 seats have been sold for the 2019 game.

The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will mark Oklahoma State’s first appearance, and the school’s first time back in Houston since 2002. The No. 25 ranked Cowboys became bowl eligible this year after defeating Iowa State in the regular season. With a history of 29 bowl game appearances, the Cowboys are currently 19-10 in postseason play after last year’s win over the Missouri Tigers in the Liberty Bowl. In their 14th season under head coach Mike Gundy, the Cowboys finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12 conference.

This will be Texas A&M’s third appearance in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. The Aggies competed in the 2016 Texas Bowl where they came up short against Kansas State, 33-28 and before that in 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas where they defeated the Northwestern Wildcats. This year, the Aggies became bowl eligible after defeating Mississippi State in the regular season. Texas A&M has participated in 40 bowl games and hold a 18-22 postseason record after last year’s win against NC State in the Gator Bowl. In their second season under head coach Jimbo Fisher, the Aggies finished the regular season 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the Southeastern conference.    

Conference Call Information

The head coaches for Oklahoma State and Texas A&M will conduct conference calls this evening to discuss the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. Oklahoma State’s Head Coach Mike Gundy will be available at 5:30 p.m. CT and Texas A&M’s Head Coach Jimbo Fisher will be available at 5:45 p.m. CT.

Phone Number: 1 (800) 747-5150

Participant PIN:  6672050

Availability:            

  • Oklahoma State University Head Coach Mike Gundy at 5:30 p.m. CT
  • Texas A&M University Head Coach Jimbo Fisher at 5:45 p.m. CT

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

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Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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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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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Transcript

2019 ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL COACHES CONFERENCE CALL

Oklahoma State University vs. Texas A&M University Conference Call Transcripts

HOUSTON TEXANS AND LONE STAR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PRESIDENT JAMEY ROOTES

(TRANSCRIBED BY ASAP SPORTS)

Opening statement:

“My name is Jamey Rootes, and I'm president with the Houston Texans. I just want to give you a little bit of background information on our bowl game, the Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl. About 14 years ago, we took over Houston's bowl efforts. As an organization, we talk about three things: winning championships, creating memorable experiences, and doing great things for Houston. And most of that is focused on the Houston Texans itself, but the other events we do at NRG Stadium have the same potential.

The Texas Bowl, of course, is a championship for the two teams that participate. The games have been incredibly memorable both on the field and the experience people have, a branded Texas experience, and it absolutely does great things for Houston. This year's game is Friday, December 27, at 5:45pm, nationally televised on ESPN and played here, of course, at NRG Stadium. It's the number one Big 12-SEC matchup in the state of Texas, which is the position that the Cotton Bowl had historically held. So now it's here in Houston. It's been the fifth best attended bowl game in America since we've been Big 12-SEC. So you have the Rose, the Peach, the Cotton, the Sugar, and the Texas. That's pretty good company for Houston to be in.

We have nearly 50,000 seats that have been sold even pre-announce of the teams, which is really very special in the bowl business. So the teams that are coming here, the players and the fans, they know that they'll be playing in front of a very big crowd here at NRG Stadium.

And we've done research on the impact it has on the community. If you take the bowl game and the kickoff game together, they generate 100,000 out of town visitors and over $100 million in economic impact. And since inception in 2006, we raised over $1.6 million for DePelchin Children's Center. So we're proud of the impact the game has had, and it's certainly a point of pride.

This year we have a spectacular matchup. I think it's been rumored and may have even been put out officially, but on the Big 12 side, we have Oklahoma State led by head coach Mike Gundy. This is their first Texas Bowl experience and the first time they've played in Houston since 2013 for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. They were 8-4 this year, and they finished the season ranked No. 25 in the college football playoff poll. They had the nation's leading rusher in Chuba Hubbard, who's also a Heisman Trophy candidate, which will be great for the fans to see and this is the 14th consecutive bowl appearance under Coach Gundy.

On the SEC side, they will be represented by Texas A&M, certainly a team that's very familiar to all of us here in Houston, coached by Jimbo Fisher. They return to the Texas Bowl for their third appearance and their first since 2016. They were 7-5 this season, and they're led by quarterback Kellen Mond. This is their 11th consecutive bowl appearance and their second under Coach Fisher.

This is a rivalry that dates back to the '50s, 1950s, that is. This is their 28th meeting. The Aggies have the edge, the 17-10. So this will be the 28th time for the teams to play, and this is the first time they've played since 2011. We have an entire Bowl week of events that begin on December 23 all over the community, culminating, of course, with the game on the 27th, which once again is a Friday at 5:45pm here at NRG Stadium.

So with that, are there any questions that you'd like to ask relative to the bowl game?”

You talk about how spectacular the matchup is, both teams with their fan bases, but how special is it getting Texas A&M? They're like LSU, Texas, as far as the fan bases and the alumni here in the area.
“That's really an important question because any time we can have Texas A&M play here at NRG Stadium and give access to the local fans here, it's remarkable. The incredible tradition that's they bring, the band, everything that A&M does is so rich with tradition, football tradition and tradition broadly. It really is a special experience to be a part of, and we're really looking forward to it.”

In the run-up to the Bowl game, the stuff that happens during the week, what do you think sets you guys apart from other bowls?
“All the bowls have events, but I think one of the most special ones is that we host is called the Rodeo Bowl, which will be on Monday, December 23rd, and it's here at NRG Arena. It's rated by Sports Illustrated as the best bowl week event in the country, and it really is an authentic Texas experience. Now we've got two schools that kind of probably already get it, and maybe they'll be even more competitive when they get out there for the Rodeo Bowl, and they are competitive. Those guys go after it. It's typically not the starters. Everybody gets a chance to participate in something that's authentically Texan.”

 

CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPTS:

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY HEAD COACH MIKE GUNDY (Transcribed by ASAP Sports)

If you could talk on your thoughts on going to Houston and a lot of guys going home and playing in the Texas Bowl?

“Well, we're really excited to participate in the Texas Bowl. We've got a number of players on our team, I think it's close to 65 right now that are from the State of Texas. Obviously, all the way down to Houston area. We've got over 25,000 active alumni south of Stillwater, Oklahoma City, all the way through Texas, central Texas, east Texas, all the way down to Houston. It's a great location for us, and as always, we're very, very excited to be in a Bowl game. We enjoy our Bowl games, we take them serious and gives us a chance as a staff and a team to spend three more weeks together. So we're excited about preparation. We're excited about being in the City of Houston for a week, and looking forward to preparation.”

What do you think about playing Texas A&M?

“I think they are the best 7-5 team in the history of the NCAA in my opinion. They have lost to No. 1; they have lost to No. 1; they have lost to No. 1; they lost to No. 4; and they lost to No. 12. That's their five losses. They are definitely a Top 20 team. I haven't started watching tape on them. I watched them on TV a couple times. I know that they are very athletic. I know that their quarterback, he's a third-rated quarterback in the SEC, only behind the Heisman trophy winner and behind Tua. So it will be a great challenge for us. We'll have to get to work as soon as possible. We'll have to have great preparation and we'll have to play a very good game against a very, very good team.”

Is there a chance that QB Spencer Sanders could play in this game?

“Yes.”

I mean, is it a realistic possibility, or do you want to keep that close to the vest?

“Well, it's not close to the vest. I mean, there's nothing to hide. I mean, everybody knows that he's coming off of an injury; that he'll be released in I guess about 10 days. I don't know what day it is -- what is today, the 8th? 7th? 9th? Something like that. He's released, and what would be -- his follow-up is either on the 16th or 17th. So he would miss half of our Bowl prep, but there's a chance that they would release him 100 percent, sometime around the 16th or 17th. We're not for sure.”

You got back to practice on Thursday. What have you been doing the last several days?

“Working all the young guys. The veteran guys are getting individual work. The young guys are getting a lot of team work. Players that were redshirting and didn't get on the game field as much got a lot of quality work the last three days. Obviously we didn't have any Bowl prep because we didn't know who we were playing. Had a pretty good idea we were going to go to the Texas Bowl and play A&M but you never know for sure. So they have finals week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and then we'll go back to work Friday night and start getting ready for A&M.”

You talked about kind of the general area down there. What has the Houston area in particular meant to your program over the years, whether it's fans and alumni or going there to recruit? I know you don't have quite as many as you used to from that area, but still, some important guys from there.

“Well, we've had a great tradition down there. We don't have as many as we used to based on A&M's departure to the SEC. That changed recruiting down there a little bit. That drew more SEC teams into that part of Texas. We don't go down there as much, but we still get really quality players from there and when we get to a level of interest from a young man, we jump all over it. But we have a lot of Oklahoma State people in that area due to the oil and gas production. So we've been very fortunate to have a lot of success and Houston's a great city, and we're looking forward to being there for a week.”

I know RB Chuba Hubbard hasn't made any public declarations about his future. Do you expect him to play in this game?

“Yes. I mean, I haven't talked to him about it, but I would expect him to play in this game. Be playing next year, too. How's that?”

Interesting dichotomy here. Do you feel like Jimbo Fisher ought to send you a GA or something to fill you in about the Aggies, because Josh Henson, fresh off being off your staff, missed this season obviously, but he knows Oklahoma State pretty good.

“Well, yeah, he knows all of our players. He can give a pretty detailed description of everybody on the field. So I don't think that's going to change any at all. As I said, we're going to work hard in Bowl prep and then we're going to get lots of reps for young guys and try to continue to develop this organization for next year and then we'll go down there and have fun playing in the game.”

Are there any guys in particular that are right there, maybe the twos, or could be in the twos; that these 15 practices are particularly important for?

“Not for the Bowl game. This is just the young players overall in just the development. For us once we get to this point, we cut back considerably with the veteran players, just based on the amount of wear and tear on their bodies up to this point in the year. So when there's not really anybody that would make strides or do anything that would show up in the Bowl game, it's just the overall development of our organization.”

Darrell Dickey is the offensive coordinator, his dad at K-State for years as a coach and even an assistant, both as Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, did you cross paths with Darrell or Jim over the years? I know that Jim preceded your time at OSU, but do you have any crossover with either of those guys?

“Not really. Not anything other than maybe bumping into them at a coaches' clinic. I don't see those guys -- you know, recruiting has changed so much, because head coaches are not out in the spring and everything is so individualized in the fall because signing day is in December. We don't see other coaches on the road like we used to, so I don't cross paths with those guys at all.”

I know it's obviously fresh and you probably haven't seen any film of them, but have you had any sense of offensively what they are going to throw at you guys with Coach Dickey at the helm?

“Well, they are doing the same thing that Jimbo (Fisher) has always done. He's been multiple. He'll be under the center some. He'll use tight ends and fullbacks and then he'll get into the spread. This quarterback they have, I've watched him on TV some and I know he's active and I know he can run. A lot of play-action pass. They do a lot of play-action stuff. They will run some empty. His system has been the same as it's been even his years at Florida State, just an outsider looking in. I haven't watched any tape, but that's what I saw on TV.

Real quick what do you miss about having A&M in the Big 12?

“What do I miss? Well, when they jumped ship and Missouri left, you know, I thought that -- I thought they were great fit in this league and I thought Missouri was a great fit, just like Nebraska. I'm very tradition, traditional. I liked the old Big 8, but the original Big 12 I thought was pretty cool. I just miss having those teams in the league, but that doesn’t have anything to do with now. But I always thought it was pretty cool when we had the old Big 12.”

 

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY HEAD COACH JIMBO FISHER (Transcribed by ASAP Sports)

Mike Gundy just had a conference call with the media, and he was asked about playing you, and I'm going to read you his quote. He said, "I think they are the best 7-5 team in the history of the NCAA in my opinion. They have lost to No. 1; they have lost to No. 1; they have lost to No. 1; they lost to No. 4; and they lost to No. 12. That's their five losses. They are definitely a top 20 team." What do you think about those thoughts coming from Mike?

“Well, I mean, we had a very tough schedule but you are what your record is and we've got to find a way to win those games, but I do think we have a good football team and I appreciate Mike (Gundy) saying that, but at the same time we have to win those and get over those. Like I say, they have a heck of a football team himself. He's built a great reputation there and a great winning tradition. He's won a lot of football games and had a lot of great years and I think one of the top coaches in the country. It’s going to be a heck of a challenge to play them in the game. He does a tremendous job preparing his team for those.”

Are you going to be healthy?

“We're fine. We're fine, relatively. We should expect everybody that is playing here, should be ready to go. There's no injuries that should cause anybody to miss any of the game.” 

What do you think about playing in Houston where you get a lot of your recruiting in this area?

“I think it's great. I think it's a great opportunity for our fans, because it's very close. We can hopefully put a lot of Aggies in the stands, which I think would be awesome but also for our players and their families. That's not a hard travel, even some of the guys from Dallas or different parts of Texas. We have so many Texas kids. That's very easy to travel down to Houston and be able to come see their kids play, because sometimes when you play those Bowl games they have to go across the country and that's tough on families having to pay all those travel fees and all the hotels to get to see their children play. But it's a great opportunity for us also to keep building our brand in Houston. It's very important. Houston has become one of the top cities in all of America as far as football players and recruiting and everybody in the world is down there recruiting. It's very important for us to play well and always recruit there and always have a great presence there.”

For people who live a hundred miles from Houston, it's not a very sexy destination, so how did you bring this up with your team to keep them from maybe overlooking it or being disappointed in the destination?

“I don't think they are disappointed at all. I think Houston is one of the top three cities in this country. It's one of the three largest cities, a ton of things to do. A lot of kids have never been to Houston. Got to remember some of our kids are from Houston, but a lot of them aren't. I've been -- just like when we were in Florida. For us to go play in Miami or us to go play in Tampa or us to go play in Jacksonville, always had guys from there, but our kids were excited to play in any Bowl game. And to be able to play it in the City of Houston with so many things to do for them pregame for the game and opportunities for them to enjoy, but also to play in front of their home fans and play in a stadium like NRG and all that right there, I think those are all tremendous opportunities. We are not disappointed one bit. We very excited and encouraged and you'd better be, because you're playing a very good opponent in Oklahoma State.”

You've obviously seen a lot of great individual talent in SEC play, but Chuba Hubbard is one of the leading running backs in the country. What do you make of him and what makes him such a hard guy to go against?

“Well, I think he has all the things. He has great balance, body control, explosive, great pad level, has the ability to make you miss and hit home runs and he can catch a football. He's a complete back and he blocks well, and he's done it the whole time he's been at Oklahoma State. He's going to be a tremendous challenge and they know how to you use him and utilize him and get him in space and do the right things; so it will be a huge challenge for our defense.”

How much of an advantage do you think it will be with Josh Henson on the staff and having been so fresh at Oklahoma State and having such good knowledge of what they have got?

“I think as far as his ability to know players and what they can and cannot do, but players change. I've always found this true, there's always guys in this league that know about your players, because somebody has always crossed over and coached and you had them for a year or two and they know the guys. Sometimes knowing too much is detrimental, too, because guys change and players play and people can do that against you, too. I mean, it is, as far as Josh knowing the players and the people and all those things, I think it will be -- it's another good asset to have but you've got to be careful relying on that too much.”

To follow up on Josh Henson, can you talk about what it was that drew you to him when you had a vacancy to fill and what kind of job he's done this year?

“And I've known him before, I've coached on staffs with him. He's very big picture oriented. Did a great job, coached tight ends, worked with line when I was at LSU when we were together and he worked with tackles and tight ends and things like that. Very knowledgeable himself. He was a lineman himself, has done a tremendous job at Oklahoma State. They have won a lot of games and he's been a big part of that. He was a coordinator at Missouri and they went to two conference championships and so did a really good job and he's a really knowledgeable guy, not only for a line guy, but to understand the big picture of what's going on.”

One of the things Mike Gundy said at the end, he was asked about, I guess being nostalgic and the fact A&M used to be in the Big 12, and he made the comment, he wishes they were still in the Big 12; that they were a good fit in that conference. Obviously you've got a lot of history in the SEC. I'm guessing you feel pretty strong about Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference?

“Yeah, I do, but I understand where Mike's from because his whole time growing up A&M was there and this was a rivalry for him -- by location and everything here, it is a good fit. But I think getting to the SEC has been beneficial for A&M. It's let us grow and expand and not only expand there, expand recruiting and expand a lot of different avenues which I think for the future and where this organization will go, I think can be really beneficial, but both conferences are great conferences. We love being in the SEC. It’s tremendous challenges. You know our schedule and who we play week-in and week-out just like the Big 12 is a great conference. It's still a good thing for us to be in the SEC.”

 

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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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Press Release

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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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/.

CONTACTS:
Allie LeClair
(832) 667-2050
allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

Brianna Lewis
(832) 667-2035
brianna.lewis@houstontexans.com