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Press Release

TICKETS FOR THE 2020 MERCARI TEXAS BOWL GO ON SALE FRIDAY, DEC. 18

HOUSTON – Tickets for the 2020 Mercari Texas Bowl will go on sale to the general public Friday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. CT. The Bowl will host up to 13,300 fans this year at NRG Stadium due to COVID-19 parameters.

This year’s game, featuring a Big 12 versus SEC showdown for the 7th straight year, will be played on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. CT, at NRG Stadium in Houston and will air on ESPN. The bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events.

Ticket prices range from $30-$150 and may be purchased online at www.MercariTexasBowl.com/tickets or on the phone at 832-667-2390. Special group packages are available by calling 832-667-2390. Fans can also call 832-667-2160 for more information on suites.  

Last year’s Mercari Texas Bowl saw the Texas A&M Aggies defeat the Oklahoma State Cowboys 24-21.  The Mercari Texas Bowl has ranked fifth in bowl game attendance since 2016, averaging over 65,000 attendees annually and trailing only the Rose Bowl, Peach Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl in that time. 

For more information including safety protocols in place for this year’s event at NRG Stadium, visit mercaritexasbowl.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About Mercari
Mercari is your marketplace. Our platform connects millions of people across the U.S. to shop and sell items no longer being used. Mercari is constantly innovating to make exchanges easier, from at-home authentication to improvements in online payments and shipping. Mercari has more than 50 million downloads in the U.S. and 350,000 new listings every day, empowering the next generation to transform the way they shop. Mercari can be downloaded on app stores or accessed online through www.mercari.com

ESPN Events 
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes four early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, 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 website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

 

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment
Lone Star Sports & Entertainment is an event management company founded in 2003 that is closely affiliated with the NFL’s Houston Texans. Since its founding, LSSE has established itself as one of the leading sports event promoters in the country. In addition to hosting the Mercari Texas Bowl and the Texas Kickoff annually, LSSE has emerged as a premier promoter for international soccer matches, including the 2017 Manchester Derby, Copa America Centenario, the 2010 MLS All-Star Game featuring Manchester United, the 2006 FC Barcelona U.S. Tour, 2003 and 2008 matches between the United States and Mexico, and the 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cups. LSSE has also reinvigorated the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B rivalry between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State and has promoted major concerts featuring music superstars including George Strait, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney.

CONTACT:
Mercari Texas Bowl Contact: Allie LeClair, (832) 667-2050 or allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

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Press Release

MERCARI NAMED THE NEW TITLE SPONSOR OF THE TEXAS BOWL

HOUSTON – Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN Events today announced Mercari, Inc. (Mercari US) as the new title sponsor of the Texas Bowl, an annual collegiate postseason showdown between teams from the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference. Entering its 15th year, the Mercari Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, an event management company founded in 2003 that is closely affiliated with the NFL’s Houston Texans.  The title sponsorship with Mercari US is being managed by its advertising agency of record, Rain the Growth Agency, and was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.  

The 2020 Mercari Texas Bowl will be played on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. CT, at NRG Stadium in Houston and will air on ESPN. The bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events.

The Mercari Texas Bowl has ranked fifth in bowl game attendance since 2016, averaging over 65,000 attendees annually and trailing only the Rose, Peach, Fiesta and Orange Bowls in that time. The Bowl will host up to 13,300 fans this year at NRG Stadium due to COVID-19 parameters.

“Mercari is thrilled to serve as the title sponsor of the Mercari Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas” said John Lagerling, CEO of Mercari US. “This has been a challenging year for many Americans, and Mercari is committed to supporting the needs of everyone who loves and contributes to our marketplace. At its core, Mercari is about connecting people and we are looking forward to bringing football fans around the country together to enjoy the storied tradition of this iconic game."

The Bowl has generated an average impact of over $30 million annually for the Houston economy. Through the Bowl’s relationship with DePelchin Children’s Center, its official charitable beneficiary, nearly $2 million in financial support has also been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity.

“We are excited to welcome Mercari as the new title sponsor of the Texas Bowl,” said David Fletcher, Executive Director of the Mercari Texas Bowl. “The Mercari Texas Bowl has become one of the biggest college football events in the country through a strong partnership with the Big 12, SEC and many great supporters in the Houston community. We are thrilled to add a partner in Mercari, one of the most exciting new brands and e-commerce platforms in the U.S., to further elevate the event and the experience.”

In the 2019 Bowl, the Texas A&M Aggies were victorious over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a 24-21 shootout in front of a crowd of 68,415. The 2019 game was among the top-five most-attended bowls in the country for the fourth consecutive year and was also one of the top-ten most watched bowl games of 2019.

For more information on tickets and safety protocols in place for attendees, visit mercaritexasbowl.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

About Mercari US
Mercari is your marketplace. Our platform connects millions of people across the U.S. to shop and sell items no longer being used. Mercari is constantly innovating to make exchanges easier, from at-home authentication to improvements in online payments and shipping. Mercari has more than 50 million downloads in the U.S. and 350,000 new listings every day, empowering the next generation to transform the way they shop. Mercari can be downloaded on app stores or accessed online through www.mercari.com

ESPN Events 
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes four early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, 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 website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment
Lone Star Sports & Entertainment is an event management company founded in 2003 that is closely affiliated with the NFL’s Houston Texans. Since its founding, LSSE has established itself as one of the leading sports event promoters in the country. In addition to hosting the Mercari Texas Bowl and the Texas Kickoff annually, LSSE has emerged as a premier promoter for international soccer matches, including the 2017 Manchester Derby, Copa America Centenario, the 2010 MLS All-Star Game featuring Manchester United, the 2006 FC Barcelona U.S. Tour, 2003 and 2008 matches between the United States and Mexico, and the 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cups. LSSE has also reinvigorated the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B rivalry between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State and has promoted major concerts featuring music superstars including George Strait, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney.

Rain the Growth Agency
Rain the Growth Agency is an independent, women-led, performance-minded, fully integrated advertising agency. We link strategy, creative and production with audience targeting, dynamic media buying and advanced analytics to achieve sales and branding goals simultaneously, without compromise. Our holistic Transactional Brand Building approach produces transformational growth for clients ranging from DTC fast companies and category disruptors to established brands with traditional models. For more than 20 years, we have been scaling businesses such as Peloton, Chewy, Wayfair, LendingTree, Humana, 23andMe, SimpliSafe and 1-800 Contacts. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon and co-founded in 1998 by Michelle Cardinal, our agency has grown to over 250 employees in four offices across the U.S.

 

Impression Sports & Entertainment
Impression Sports & Entertainment provides clients with full-service sponsorship sales representation, sponsorship consulting and venue naming rights services. Founded in 2011, Impression Sports is one of the leading firms in the business, led by its staff’s widespread industry experience and results-driven approach. Impression Sports partners with top organizations in the sports world including USC, Florida Citrus Sports, The Independence Bowl Foundation, San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, Auburn University, the Fiesta Bowl Organization, USA Swimming, Sun Bowl Association and ESPN Events among others. 

Based in Denver, Impression Sports is owned by Home Team Sports, a sports marketing unit of FOX Sports.  Home Team Sports helps fans extend love for their home teams to the brands that associate with and support them. Through its proud representation of all regional sports networks across the country and an ever-expanding portfolio, Home Team Sports provides game coverage of all MLB, NBA and NHL home teams in the U.S., reaching over 90 million homes across television and streaming platforms. 

CONTACT:
Mercari: Tiffany Olson, tiffany.olson@mercari.com 
Rain the Growth Agency: Steve Miller, 503-222-0025, steve.miller@rainforgrowth.com 
Mercari Texas Bowl and LSSE 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; @ItsAnnaNegron

Press Release

Semifinalists for the 2020 Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year Announced

HOUSTON – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the leading publication for all things football in Texas, and the Texas Bowl proudly announce the 25 semifinalists for the Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year Award.

Mr. Texas Football annually recognizes the most outstanding high school football player in the state of Texas. Each week, fans are given a chance to vote for the player of the week on TexasFootball.com. At the end of the high school football season, 10 finalists will be named. Fans can then cast their vote as to who should be named Mr. Texas Football. The winner of the 2020 Mr. Texas Football Award will be announced prior to the 2020 Texas Bowl, which will be played on December 31 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Frisco Lone Star and Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marvin Mims took home the award in 2019. 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), former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (2007 winner, Lamar Consolidated), current Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders (2017 winner, Denton Ryan) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Garrett Gilbert (2008 winner, Lake Travis).

The 2020 Bowl will once again feature a matchup between Big 12 and SEC opponents. The 2019 Texas Bowl, which was among the top-5 most-attended bowls in the country for the sixth consecutive year, featured the Texas A&M Aggies, representing the SEC, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, representing the Big 12. The Aggies edged the Cowboys, 24-21, in a hard-hitting thriller. Overall, the Texas Bowl has ranked fifth in attendance since 2016, trailing only the Rose, Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls in that time.

For more information on the Mr. Texas Football Award, visit www.texasbowl.com or www.texasfootball.com .

2020 Mr. Texas Football Semifinalists 

ATH JoJo Earle, Aledo
QB Conner Weigman, Bridgeland
RB Cash Jones, Brock
QB Ryder Hernandez, Cedar Park
QB Andrew Body, Corpus Christi Miller
ATH JaTavion Sanders, Denton Ryan
QB Behren Morton, Eastland
QB Garrett Nussmeier, Flower Mound Marcus
QB Dematrius Davis, Galena Park North Shore
QB Dane Jentsch, Grandview
DT Ed Bobino, Huntsville
QB Cole Andrus, Jourdanton
QB Jalen Milroe, Katy Tompkins
QB Ace Whitehead, Lampasas
RB Jordan Jenkins, Lindale
QB Kolt Schuckers, Lindsay
QB Sawyer Robertson, Lubbock Coronado
ATH Roddrell Freeman, Mart
RB Steve Johnson, Port Lavaca Calhoun
RB De'shon Goodley, Rankin
QB Braedyn Locke, Rockwall
QB Eddie Lee Marburger, Sharyland Pioneer
QB Quinn Ewers, Southlake Carroll
LB Clayton Smith, Texarkana Texas High
RB Zach Hrbacek, Troy

 

About the Texas Bowl
The Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl has showcased teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences since  2014. The Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first 14 years as it is the 5th most-attended bowl in the country since 2016. The bowl generates over $40 million annually for the Houston economy and has donated nearly $2 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.

About Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
For more than 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.

Press Release

15TH ANNUAL TEXAS BOWL SET FOR PRIME TIME DECEMBER 31 ON ESPN

HOUSTON – The 2020 Texas Bowl will be played on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. CT from NRG Stadium in Houston. The 15th edition of the game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio, with a local radio broadcast on SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM).  The 15th edition of the event will once again feature a matchup of Big 12 and SEC schools as it has since 2014. 

The Texas Bowl is the fifth most attended Bowl game in the country and most attended non-New Year’s Six game since 2016, trailing only the Rose, Peach, Fiesta and Orange Bowls.  The Texas Bowl and its sister event, the Texas Kickoff, have grown to become two of the most popular annual college football games in the country, combining to create an economic impact of close to $80 million annually for the city of Houston while raising nearly $2 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, Houston’s oldest children’s charity and the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary. 

Last year, the Texas Bowl featured the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas A&M Aggies, marking the sixth year of the Bowl’s affiliation with the Big 12 and the SEC. With an Aggies 24-21 victory over the Cowboys, Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond was named the 2019 Texas Bowl MVP. 

The Texas Bowl is one of 15 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.  Ticket information for the event will be shared in the near future.  To be the first to get these updates and for more information around the game, fans can sign up for the Texas Bowl Wait List at http://www.thetexasbowl.com/

About the Texas Bowl 
The Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Texas Bowl has showcased teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences since 2014. The Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first 14 years as it is the fifth most-attended bowl in the country since 2016. The bowl generates nearly $40 million annually for the Houston economy and has donated nearly $2 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.

ESPN Events 
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes four early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, 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 website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

-LONE STAR SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT-

 

Press Release

‘BOWL SEASON’ ANNOUNCED AS NEW NAME OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S POSTSEASON

Logo and visual identity developed for the annual “Celebration of College Football”

DALLAS, TEXAS (October 23, 2020) -- The Football Bowl Association is getting a new name and brand: Bowl Season. The debut of the name change, logo and website for the organization is part of a major brand overhaul announced today by Executive Director Nick Carparelli.

The new Bowl Season tagline, “A Celebration of College Football,” embraces the grand tradition of the bowl system and its enduring value to student-athletes. Highlighting the broader university community, including spirit squads, marching bands, student athletic staff and fans, Bowl Season will work with all existing bowls to promote the benefits of the entire bowl system.

Carparelli has collaborated over the last six months with leaders of the 44 bowl games, each of the 10 FBS conferences, media partners and other stakeholders to build consensus and solidify plans for the new brand.

“For four decades, the Football Bowl Association has served as a staunch advocate of the bowl system,” said Carparelli. “But until now, it’s been a behind-the-scenes organization designed to facilitate conversation among bowl leadership and stakeholders. Since joining the organization last spring, I’ve listened to our membership’s clear desire for a new identity-- to rebrand the FBA to speak directly to those who love this sport.”

“The stretch from mid-December through the first week of January marks one of the most endlessly entertaining times on the sports calendar,” Carparelli continues. “Footballs are flying morning, noon and night. It creates an opportunity to honor teams that have put in the work and provides an unforgettable victory lap for student-athletes. We’re excited to build up ‘Bowl Season’ as a true celebration of college football.”

The Bowl Season logo consists of a centrally-placed, collegiate-style football inside an overhead view of a stadium or bowl, from which the term “bowl game” was derived. The logo is also evocative of the top of championship rings, which are often awarded to teams that play in bowl games. The stadium contains 10 sections, each representing a conference member of the Football Bowl Subdivision: American Athletic Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Big 10, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, PAC 12, Southeastern Conference and Sun Belt Conference.

The new name and visual identity were developed by Connecticut-based 1919 Productions and Joe Bosack & Co. Tony Fay Public Relations, based in Dallas, was hired to oversee communications efforts for the organization.

“Our goal was to create a new brand that is distinctive, ownable and clearly defines what Bowl Season is,” said Marc Jacobson, Owner, 1919 Productions. “The new name and logo taps into the passion and emotion of college football, which we think will resonate well with all parties involved.”

More information can be found at www.bowlseason.com.

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About Bowl Season
Bowl Season is the collective coalition of the 44 bowl games played in the traditional college football postseason. Dubbed “A Celebration of College Football,” Bowl Season promotes the grand tradition of the bowl system and its endearing value to student-athletes. It also highlights the broader university and college communities, including spirit squads, marching bands, athletic staff and fans. A nonprofit, Bowl Season spotlights the distinctiveness of each of the bowl games along with their histories and traditions, embracing and honoring the bowl experience for present and future generations.

Press Release

RODEO BOWL PRESENTED BY KROGER TO BE HELD ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

HOUSTON – The TaxAct Texas Bowl, in partnership with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, announce the Rodeo Bowl presented by Kroger will take place on January 1, 2022. Open to the public for the first time, the Rodeo Bowl is the first of multiple Texas-themed Bowl Week events and will feature student athletes from the Kansas State and LSU football teams participating in activities such as calf roping, goat dressing, hay bale stacking and calf penning at NRG Arena.

Prior to the Rodeo Bowl, fans will have access to the Rodeo Bowl Corral outside of NRG Arena, featuring rodeo-themed activities like face painting, a petting zoo, a live DJ and more. Following the event, ticketholders can attend a free live concert performed by Texas country music stars Kyle Park and Jon Stork on the Goode Company Stage.

Fans can purchase tickets to attend the Rodeo Bowl, with proceeds benefiting the DePelchin Children’s Center, for just $14.99, while children ages 12 and under will receive free admission. A limited number of VIP packages are available for purchase and will grant eligible package holders access to a mutton bustin’ competition, VIP seating for both the event and concert, complimentary food and beverages and other perks. Interested fans can find more information on the event and purchase tickets and VIP packages at TaxActTexasBowl.com/Rodeo-Bowl.

Schedule of Events:

3:30 PM: Rodeo Bowl Corral
LOCATION: Blue Lot outside of NRG Arena
FEATURES: Live DJ, petting zoo, face painting and more family-friendly entertainment

4:45 PM: NRG Arena doors open

5 PM: Rodeo Bowl Presented by Kroger
LOCATION: NRG Arena
FEATURES: Student athletes from the Kansas State and LSU football teams and eligible VIP ticket holders compete in rodeo-themed events

7 PM: Rodeo Bowl Presented by Kroger Concert
LOCATION: NRG Arena
FEATURES: Texas Country music stars Kyle Park and Jon Stork perform on the Goode Company Stage for all attendees

TaxAct Texas Bowl
The TaxAct Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The TaxAct Texas Bowl has showcased teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences since 2014. The fifth most-attended bowl in the country since 2016, the TaxAct Texas Bowl generates nearly $40 million annually for the Houston economy and has donated over $2 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary. Tickets are now available for the TaxAct Texas Bowl at TaxActTexasBowl.com. 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20. The 2022 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26. For more information, visit RodeoHouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.

Kroger
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

DePelchin Children’s Center
DePelchin Children’s Center was named as the TaxAct Texas 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 TaxAct Texas Bowl has donated nearly $2 million in support of these efforts to date.

 

Press Release

Commentating Teams Announced for ESPN’s Expansive 41-Game Bowl Schedule, Including Exclusive Coverage of the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six

ESPN’s industry-leading coverage of the 2021 college football postseason will feature a 41-game bowl schedule, culminating with the exclusive presentation of the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T (8 p.m. ET) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Monday, Jan. 10.

The CFP begins on Friday, Dec. 31 with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic featuring No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (3:30 p.m. ET) from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, followed by the CFP Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia (7:30 p.m.) from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Both CFP semifinals and the National Championship will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, with alternate telecasts available across ESPN networks. ESPN Radio will also broadcast all three games. 

ESPN’s overall bowl slate commences Friday, Dec. 17, and completes the extensive 1,000+ game schedule carried across ESPN networks this year. Additional production details for both the College Football Playoff and the New Year’s Six will be announced in the coming days.

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit Call Capital One Orange Bowl; Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge Announce Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
In the broadcasting booth, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the Orange Bowl, while Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge team up for the Cotton Bowl. Fowler, Herbstreit and Blackledge have called a CFP Semifinal all eight years of the system, with Fowler and Herbstreit working together in each of those years. McDonough is calling his fourth consecutive CFP Semifinal with Blackledge.

Veteran CFP Reporters Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge Join Semifinal Crews; Molly McGrath and Marty Smith Make CFP Semifinal TV Debuts
ESPN will utilize reporters Holly Rowe and Marty Smith at the Orange Bowl, Rowe’s eighth CFP Semifinal on either TV or radio and Smith’s first CFP Semifinal. At the Cotton Bowl, Molly McGrath and Laura Rutledge will report, McGrath’s first TV appearance in the CFP Semifinals and Rutledge’s fourth.

New Year’s Six Sees New Faces on Commentating Teams
ESPN’s presentation of the New Year’s Six will begin with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between No. 10 Michigan State and No. 12 Pittsburgh. Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III and Quint Kessenich will be on the call for the matchup on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl kicks off New Year’s Six action on New Year’s Day, featuring No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 9 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Kris Budden on the call. At 5 p.m., the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X begins with Fowler, Herbstreit, Rowe and Tiffany Blackmon providing commentary. At 8:45 p.m., No. 7 Baylor takes on No. 8 Ole Miss in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, with Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy and Katie George calling the action from the Big Easy.

ESPN Radio Covers the CFP Semifinals
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones and Ian Fitzsimmons will announce the Cotton Bowl from Arlington, teaming up for another CFP Semifinal. In Miami, Jones, Griffin III and Kessenich will call the Capital One Orange Bowl for ESPN Radio. Anchoring the pre/half/post coverage from the Bristol studios will be Kevin Winter and Kirk Morrison. ESPN Radio will broadcast all New Year’s Six games, with all assignments included below.

ESPN Events Begins the Bowling
ESPN Events announced the matchups for its 18 owned and operated college football bowl games for the 2021-22 Bowl Season. The Bahamas Bowl (noon, ESPN) and Tailgreeter Cure Bowl (6 p.m., ESPN2) kick off the schedule on Friday, Dec. 17. Sixteen of the ESPN Events bowl games will air on ESPN while the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl will air on ESPN2, and the Cricket Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 18 will air on ABC at noon. The schedule also includes the addition of the inaugural Wasabi Fenway Bowl in Boston on Wednesday, Dec. 29 (11 a.m., ESPN) and the new Frisco Football Classic, which will be played Thursday, Dec. 23 (3:30 p.m., ESPN) in Frisco, Texas. Full details.

Additional Postseason Highlights:

  • Seeing Red in Pasadena: The Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X on Saturday, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. will feature No. 11 Utah vs. No. 6 Ohio State, the alma maters of Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe, both of whom will be on the call of the famed ‘granddaddy of them all.’
  • Inaugural Kimmel Bowl Kicks Off: The first ever Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented by Stifel is set for ABC on Saturday, Dec. 18. Tessitore will be joined by ESPN college football studio analyst and newly-minted Bachelor host Jesse Palmer and Rutledge on the TV call.
  • Marty & McGee Back to Myrtle: Marty Smith and Ryan McGee will join forces once again as sideline reporters on the Myrtle Beach Bowl Presented by TaxAct, set for Monday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Bahamas Bowl Gets New Crew: Kevin Negandhi, Booger McFarland and Katie George will team up to announce the Bahamas Bowl, kicking off the 2021-22 Bowl Season schedule. 
  • Boston Bound: Fellow New England natives Dave O’Brien – a longtime Red Sox voice – and Tim Hasselbeck will call the inaugural Wasabi Fenway Bowl at the famed Boston ballpark, joined by Kelsey Riggs
  • Dugout Debut: Making his first game analyst appearance on ESPN, Sam Acho will provide commentary for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 29 (2:15 p.m.) from Yankee Stadium
  • Back to the ATL: Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Jay Walker, Quint Kessenich and Tiffany Greene will call the Cricket Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 18 at noon on ABC. The same five-some kicked off the season there in Week 0 calling the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge.
  • Queen City Commentator: The Duke’s Mayo Bowl will have a familiar voice on play-by-play, as Charlotte resident Anish Shroff calls the Battle of the Carolinas (North Carolina vs. South Carolina) on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Home of the Raiders: Beth Mowins, who calls Raiders preseason NFL games, and Kirk Morrison, a former player for the Silver & Black, will feel right at home Thursday, Dec. 30 on the call of the first SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl at the Raiders’ new home, Allegiant Stadium.
  • Return to the 904: Sideline reporter Alyssa Lang will have a homecoming in Jacksonville, Fla., where she worked for two years before her start at ESPN and SEC Network, to call the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Friday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.)
  • Multiplatform: ESPN Radio will broadcast 20 games; ESPN Deportes to televise 17 games

2021-22 College Football Bowl Schedule on ESPN Networks

 

Date

Time (ET)

Bowl

Network

Fri, Dec 17

Noon

Bahamas Bowl *
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium
(Nassau, Bahamas)
Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo
Kevin Negandhi, Booger McFarland, Katie George

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

 

6 p.m.

Tailgreeter Cure Bowl *
Exploria Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina
Mike Morgan, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport

ESPN2

Sat, Dec 18

11 a.m.

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl *
FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State
TV: Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Tiffany Blackmon
Radio: Chris Carlin, EJ Manuel, Taylor Davis

ESPN/ESPN Radio

 

Noon

Cricket Celebration Bowl *
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
South Carolina State vs. Jackson State
Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Jay Walker, Quint Kessenich, Tiffany Greene

ABC

 

2:15 p.m.

PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl *
University Stadium (Albuquerque, N.M.)
UTEP vs. Fresno State
TV: John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia, Stormy Buonantony
Radio: Mike Corey, Hutson Matson

ESPN/ESPN Radio

 

3:30 p.m.

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium (Shreveport, La.)
UAB vs. No. 13 BYU
Roy Philpott, Cole Cubelic, Paul Carcaterra

ABC/ESPN Deportes

 

5:45 p.m.

LendingTree Bowl
Hancock Whitney Stadium (Mobile, Ala.)
Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Jalyn Johnson

ESPN

 

7:30 p.m.

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented by Stifel
SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)
Utah State vs. Oregon State
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Jorge Sedano, Tom Ramsey, Kelsey Riggs

ABC/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes

 

9:15 p.m.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans, La.)
No. 23 Louisiana vs. Marshall
TV: Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Taylor McGregor
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones

ESPN/ESPN Radio

Mon, Dec 20

2:30 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Bowl Presented by TaxAct *
Brooks Stadium (Conway, S.C.)
Old Dominion vs. Tulsa
Kevin Brown, Hutson Mason, Marty Smith, Ryan McGee

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

Tue, Dec 21

3:30 p.m.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl *
Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)
Kent State vs. Wyoming
TV: Bill Roth, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
Radio: Kevin Winter, Trevor Matich

ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes

 

7:30 p.m.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl *
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
UTSA vs. No. 24 San Diego State
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Tiffany Blackmon

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

Wed, Dec 22

8 p.m.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl *
Amon G. Carter Stadium (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Missouri vs. Army
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker, Kris Budden

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

Thu, Dec 23

3:30 p.m.

Frisco Football Classic *
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
North Texas vs. Miami (Ohio)
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Tiffany Blackmon

ESPN

 

7 p.m.

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl *
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)
UCF vs. Florida
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Taylor Davis

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

Fri, Dec 24

8 p.m.

EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl *
Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Memphis vs. Hawai’i
TV: Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Kevin Winter, Trevor Matich

ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes

Sat, Dec 25

2:30 p.m.

TaxAct Camellia Bowl *
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)
Georgia State vs. Ball State
Roy Philpott, Hutson Mason, Abby Labar

ESPN

Mon, Dec 27

11 a.m.

Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field (Detroit, Mich.)
Western Michigan vs. Nevada
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox, Taylor McGregor

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

 

2:30 p.m.

Military Bowl Presented by Peraton
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Md.)
Boston College vs. East Carolina
Brian Custer, Kelly Stouffer, Quint Kessenich

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

Tue, Dec 28

Noon

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl *
Protective Stadium (Birmingham, Ala.)
No. 20 Houston vs. Auburn
Wes Durham, Eric Mac Lain, Taylor Davis

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

 

3:15 p.m.

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl *
Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas, Texas)
Air Force vs. Louisville
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Jalyn Johnson

ESPN/ESPN Deportes

 

6:45 p.m.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tenn.)
Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech
TV: Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Andraya Carter
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN/ESPN Radio

 

10:15 p.m.

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field (Phoenix, Ariz.)
West Virginia vs. Minnesota
TV: Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
Radio: Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport

ESPN/ESPN Radio

Wed, Dec 29

11 a.m.

Wasabi Fenway Bowl *
Fenway Park (Boston, Mass.)
SMU vs. Virginia
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Kelsey Riggs

ESPN

 

2:15 p.m.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium (Bronx, N.Y.)
Maryland vs. Virginia Tech
TV: Matt Barrie, Roddy Jones, Sam Acho
Radio: Chris Carlin, Jack Ford, Abby Labar

ESPN/ESPN Radio

 

5:45 p.m.

Cheez-It Bowl
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
No. 19 Clemson vs. Iowa State
TV: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock, Kris Budden

ESPN/ESPN Radio

 

9:15 p.m.

Valero Alamo Bowl
The Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas)
No. 14 Oregon vs. No. 16 Oklahoma
TV: Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Jorge Sedano, Max Starks, Alex Chappell

ESPN/ESPN Radio

Thu, Dec 30

11:30 a.m.

Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.)
North Carolina vs. South Carolina
Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Taylor McGregor

ESPN

 

3 p.m.

TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tenn.)
Tennessee vs. Purdue
TV: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Jalyn Johnson

ESPN/ESPN Radio

 

7 p.m. 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl 
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.) 
No. 12 Pittsburgh vs. No. 10 Michigan State
TV: Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler

ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes

 

Press Release

2020 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year Preseason Watch List

HOUSTON – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the leading publication for all things football in Texas, and the Texas Bowl proudly announce the 100-player Watch List for the Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year Award. The voters, when appropriate, will add players to the watch list.

Mr. Texas Football annually recognizes the most outstanding high school football player in the state of Texas. Each week, fans are given a chance to vote for the player of the week on TexasFootball.com. At the end of the high school football season, 10 finalists will be named. Fans can then cast their vote as to who should be named Mr. Texas Football. The winner of the 2020 Mr. Texas Football Award will be announced prior to the 2020 Texas Bowl, which will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston. 

Current players of this year’s watch list include:

Galena Park North Shore QB Dematrius Davis

Lakeview Centennial RB Camar Wheaton

Aledo WR JoJo Earle

Fort Worth All Saints OL Tommy Brockermeyer

Pleasant Grove DL Landon Jackson

Grandview QB Dane Jentsch

Motley County RB Jake Richards

Mart ATH Roddrell Freeman

El Paso Americas RB Aaron Dumas

Sharyland Pioneer QB Eddie Lee Marburger

Lampasas QB Ace Whitehead

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), former 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). Frisco Lone Star and Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marvin Mims took home the award in 2019.

The 2020 Bowl will once again feature a matchup between Big 12 and SEC opponents. The 2019 Texas Bowl, which was among the top-5 most-attended bowls in the country for the sixth consecutive year, featured the Texas A&M Aggies, representing the SEC, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, representing the Big 12. The Aggies edged the Cowboys, 24-21, in a hard-hitting thriller. Overall, the Texas Bowl has ranked fifth in attendance since 2016, trailing only the Rose, Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls in that time.

For more information on the Mr. Texas Football Award, visit www.thetexasbowl.com or www.texasfootball.com.

About the Texas Bowl

The Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl has showcased teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences since 2014. The Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first 14 years as it is the 5th most-attended bowl in the country since 2016. The bowl generates over $40 million annually for the Houston economy and has donated more than $1,200,000 in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.

About Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

For more than 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.

 

2020 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year

Preseason Watch List

DL David Abiara, Mansfield Legacy

WR Shadrach Banks, Galena Park North Shore

RB Kevorian Barnes, San Augustine

DB CJ Baskerville, Richland

RB Brian Benavides, Laredo United South

LB Kendrick Blackshire, Duncanville

ATH Billy Bowman, Denton Ryan

OL Tommy Brockermeyer, Fort Worth All Saints

OL James Brockermeyer, Fort Worth All Saints

RB Doug Brooks, Shiner

QB Kyle Brown, Cedar Park Vista Ridge

ATH Landon Burkhart, Richland Springs

DL Ethan Byerly, Hamlin

OL Savion Byrd, Duncanville

RB Lane Carrasco, Balmorhea

DB Cicero Caston, Weatherford

ATH Koby Clinkscales, Blum

DB JD Coffey, Kennedale

OL Hayden Conner, Katy Taylor

LB Terrance Cooks II, Alvin Shadow Creek

RB Trey Cross, Midland Greenwood

ATH Dametrious  Crownover, Grandview

ATH Juan Davis, Everman

QB Dematrius Davis, Galena Park North Shore

WR Quaydarius Davis, Dallas Skyline

QB Jay'lon Dobbins, Lubbock Estacado

QB Kyron Drones, Alvin Shadow Creek

RB Aaron Dumas, El Paso Americas

WR JoJo Earle, Aledo

OL Rueben Fatheree, Richmond Foster

OL Bryce Foster, Katy Taylor

ATH Roddrell Freeman, Mart

RB Noah Garcia, Abilne Cooper

WR Dylan Goffney, Bridgeland

WR Bryson Green, Allen

WR Antwaan Gross, Refugio

DB Deuce Harmon, Denton Guyer

LB Derrick Harris Jr., New Caney

QB Kai Horton, Carthage

RB Zach Hrbacek, Troy

DB Ishmael Ibraheem, Dallas Kimballl

DL Braylen Jackson, Mansfield Lake Ridge

DL Landon Jackson, Pleasant Grove

OL Donovan Jackson, Bellaire Episcopal

WR Cody Jackson, Richmond Foster

WR Ketron Jackson, Royse City

RB Jordan Jenkins, Lindale

QB Dane Jentsch, Grandview

RB LJ Johnson, Cy-Fair

RB Steve Johnson, Port Lavaca Calhoun

RB Chris Johnston, Flatonia

RB Cash Jones, Brock

ATH Jordan Kelley, Refugio

TE Landen King, Humble Atascocita

WR Cole Kirkpatrick, Argyle

RB Jacob Lee, Azle

DB Devin Lemear, Manor

ATH De'Anthony Lewis, Converse Judson

TE Jasper Lott, Argyle

ATH Chase Lowery, Frisco

WR Titus Lyons, Pottsboro

QB Eddie Lee Marburger, Sharyland Pioneer

WR Christian Marshalll, Wimberley

QB Will Maynard, Amarillo

RB Alton McCaskill II, Conroe Oak Ridge

DB Latrel McCutchin, Austin LBJ

RB Kaden Meredith, Longview

QB Jalen Milroe, Katy Tompkins

QB Behren Morton, Eastland

DB Andrew Mukuba, Austin LBJ

DL Chris Murray, Wichita Falls Hirschi

WR Latrell Neville, Fort Bend Hightower

QB Garrett Nussemeier, Flower Mound Marcus

RB Rueben Owens, El Campo

ATH Joseph Perez, Bruni

QB Braden Plyler, Pottsboro

QB Garret Rangel, Frisco Lone Star

DB Ara Rauls III, Waco La Vega

DB Lyrik Rawls, Marshall

RB Jake Richards, Motley County

QB Sawyer Robertson, Lubbock Coronado

QB Kaidon Salter, Cedar Hill

ATH Ja'Tavion Sanders, Denton Ryan

QB Kolt Schuckers, Lindsay

QB Carter Senterfitt, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial

LB Clayton Smith, Texas High

WR Za'Korien Spikes, Cameron Yoe

QB Preston Stone, Dallas Parish Episcoapl

QB Eli Stowers, Denton Guyer

WR J.Michael Sturdivant, Flower Mound Marcus

DL Jordon Thomas, Port Arthur Memorial

DL Shemar Turner, DeSoto

ATH Hunter Warminski, White Deer

DB Hunter Washington, Katy

DL Landyn Watson, Hutto

RB Camar Wheaton, Lakeview Centennial

QB Ace Whitehead, Lampasas

ATH Jack Wilkerson, Spearman

DL Jarveon Williams, Ennis

DB Jimmy Wyrick, South Oak Cliff

Press Release

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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