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'Two football teams and one president': Neal Smatresk at the center of bowl game

Chris Morris

'Two football teams and one president': Neal Smatresk at the center of bowl game
Rebels football: UNLV president is taking over at North Texas; the two teams meet in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 (2 a.m.)
When the captains for the UNLV and North Texas football teams meet at midfield on New Year’s Day for the Heart of Dallas Bowl, they will shake hands and await the result of the coin toss that starts off every football game. When they get there, the Rebels will see a familiar face while the Mean Green see one they’ll know shortly — current UNLV President Neal Smatresk said he’s going to do the ceremonial coin toss.

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Ron Scoggins Sr., left, talks with his son, Ron Scoggins Jr., right, after UNLV football practice December 17, 2013. When the Rebels play Jan. 1 in the Heart of Dallas bowl, they will become the program's first father-son to play in the postseason. Scoggins Sr. was part of the 1984 California Bowl championship team.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
As UNLV offensive lineman Ron Scoggins Jr. left practice Tuesday, a familiar face greeted him: his father. Ron Scoggins Sr. was part of UNLV’s 1984 California Bowl championship team, so father and son will enter the program’s record book when the Rebels play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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New UNLV football defensive coordinator Tim Hauck is seen outside the gates to Rebel Park on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tim Hauck didn’t need to be informed about UNLV’s defensive woes. Ever since his older brother, Bobby, took over the program, Hauck had been following along closely. He even dug through the history book.

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The University of Texas football team runs onto the field at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas for the start of their game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006.
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Rebels football:
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
There are two things the Rebels point to as reasons this bowl game in particular is special versus some of the others they may have landed in. The first is the date — Jan. 1 — because that day is often set aside for a full day of college football. The other is the venue — Cotton Bowl Stadium.

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UNLV wide receiver Devante Davis runs to the end zone during their Mountain West Conference game against San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNLV won 45-19.
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rebels football:
Monday, December 16, 2013
North Texas is happy with the early response it’s seeing from fans who are buying tickets for the team’s New Year’s Day showdown with UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Just like UNLV, the Mean Green are offering discounted student tickets, and the response has been good.

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Quarterback Randall Cunningham at the line of scrimmage during the UNLV football team's California Bowl victory against Toledo in 1984.
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Sunday, December 15, 2013
There may never be another UNLV football team like this one. The 1984 Rebels were the first in program history to reach a bowl game, topping Toledo 30-13 in the California Bowl to finish with an 11-2 record. It’s still the best record in school history.

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UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring smiles after defeating San Diego State 45-19 in their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Sam Boyd Stadium.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013
An NCAA-allowed version of a shopping spree awaits the Rebels in Texas for the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The SportsBusiness Journal released its annual list of bowl gifts this week, and the main prize for UNLV’s game allows players to select a number of gifts up to a predetermined value.

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UNLV athletic director  Tina Kunzer-Murphy cheers the Rebels on during their game against UNR Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Mackay Stadium in Reno. UNLV defeated UNR 27-22 to reclaim the Fremont Cannon.
Rebels administration searching for ways to keep bowl travel costs low
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Friday, December 13, 2013
Not once did Tina Kunzer-Murphy consider turning down a bowl bid for UNLV. No matter who came calling, the Rebels athletic director was going to answer Yes and then figure out the financial ramifications later. The Heart of Dallas Bowl came calling last Sunday morning, and now the university is in the process of figuring out how to put this trip together without going too far into the red.

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A sparse crowd attends the UNLV vs. Wyoming football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
A UNLV stadium should be covered and feature 'social spaces,' consultant says
Thursday, December 12, 2013
A stadium consultant says an on-campus UNLV football stadium should seat at least 50,000 and have a Teflon-coated inflatable cover. And it should do without a giant video screen.

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UNLV running back Tim Cornett gets past Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty during their game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Utah State won the game 28-24.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
UNLV placed three players on the All-Mountain West second team, the league announced today. Running back Tim Cornett, receiver Devante Davis and offensive lineman Brett Boyko all received the distinction after a 7-5 season that has the Rebels playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.

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UNLV coach Bobby Hauck, second from right, and players (from left) Kenneth Penny, Caleb Herring and Brett Boyko answer questions about the Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Rebels' press conference on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Rebels surprised, then excited when bowl decision became public
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tyler Gaston had some apprehensions about the Jan. 1 date for UNLV’s bowl game. Every Rebel, including Gaston, was thrilled the team was selected for any game, but some put extra value on playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas because New Year’s Day is a traditional date for college football.

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San Jose State quarterback David Fales throws against UNLV Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. San Jose State won the game 34-24.
San Jose State is the bowl-eligible Mountain West team staying home this postseason
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Sunday, December 8, 2013
When the music finally came to a halt and bowl eligible teams took their collective chairs throughout the day Sunday, San Jose State was the Mountain West team left with no place to sit down.

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UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck reacts as the Rebels stop San Diego State on third down during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNLV won 45-19.
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UNLV football: Following a week of guessing games, UNLV excited about its bid and to play a Jan. 1 game in the Cotton Bowl
Sunday, December 8, 2013
When people went to bed Saturday night there was no guarantee UNLV would play in a bowl game. Then came Sunday morning and a phone call to Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy that announced the Rebels would have to wait until 2014. Well, a few hours into it anyways.

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UNLV coach Bobby Hauck talks with quarterback Caleb Herring during their final drive against Utah State during their game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Utah State won the game 28-24.
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Rebels football: Getting into a bowl game can help in recruiting, although the Rebels have already picked up a possibly significant commitment
Friday, December 6, 2013
On Thursday night at Rebel Park, a few horse trailers down from the National Finals Rodeo that has taken over UNLV’s campus, the Rebels practiced for a game they may never play.

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From left, former Rebels Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony and Larry Johnson celebrate with coach Jerry Tarkanian in New York City at the 1991 NBA Draft, when all three were selected in the first round. Augmon will be inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, an honor previously bestowed upon both of his teammates and his coach.
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Friday, December 6, 2013
On Saturday at the McKale Center, the Rebels and Wildcats meet for the 18th time, only this time No. 2 Arizona (8-0) is the lone team perched near the top of college basketball.

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