December 29, 2005 |
Texas and California know about the Holiday Bowl and its dangers. So does Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti, who has spent the last several months with a psychological strategy for his team, almost from the moment it appeared likely the Ducks would be heading to San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium and the 28th annual playing of the Death Trap Bowl. A third consecutive upset may actually make that label accurate.
December 29, 2000 |
As befits two coaches who just got whopping salary increases, Texas' Mack Brown and Oregon's Mike Bellotti are eager to get back to work: in this case, Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. "Mack and I are ready to play," Bellotti said. Although neither team has played in more than a month, both coaches won the sweepstakes recently in the contract derby, signing lucrative long-term pacts to keep poachers at bay.
December 28, 2000 |
Texas Coach Mack Brown made it official Wednesday that Chris Simms will start at quarterback instead of Major Applewhite against Oregon on Friday night in the Culligan Holiday Bowl. Applewhite still is recovering from a sprained knee. Asked if he has plans to use Applewhite if needed, Brown said, "We don't have any plans. We just plan to win."
December 29, 1999 |
Coaches Rick Neuheisel and Bill Snyder both want to win tonight's Holiday Bowl game. But the similarities end there. This is a game of opportunity for Neuheisel, in his first year with unranked Washington. A victory over seventh-ranked Kansas State gives the Huskies some national attention in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Snyder, meanwhile, carries a chip on his shoulder into the game.
December 31, 1998 |
Maybe the best tackle, and surely the most sincere, came after the final gun, with the bands playing and the Arizona Wildcats dancing their way to a higher place. At midfield, after fifth-ranked Arizona's 23-20 Holiday Bowl victory over defending co-national champion Nebraska, after Keith Smith was given the game's offensive MVP trophy and Ortege Jenkins screamed his support for the choice, Arizona's two quarterbacks met.
August 21, 1998 |
Pacific 10 Conference athletic directors agreed in principle Thursday to send their second-place team to the Holiday Bowl for the next four years. Among the significant details still to be worked out before a deal is finalized is securing an opponent for the Pac-10 team. Bowl officials would like to have the choice between the champion of the Western Athletic Conference--which will change dramatically next year--and the third-place team from the Big 12.