Heart of Dallas Bowl Notes 12/30/13 – 1/1/14

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – 5:00 pm CST – Media Day

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Some good stories were exchanged between UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck (left), and North Texas head coach Dan McCarney (right).

The Heart of Dallas Bowl press conference was held this afternoon at the Cotton Bowl. Coaches and players were available to the media, just before the evening’s pep rally at Fair Park Band Shell, located west of Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Back in Texas 

For UNLV defensive back Kenneth Perry, the Heart of Dallas Bowl is both a homecoming, and a family reunion. Perry was a three time letterman (Track, Football) at Lancaster High School. This is his first time back in Dallas, since his Summer Break. Perry will have 20 of his family members, and closest friends in attendance tomorrow. He doesn’t want to disappoint.

“It’s very important to do well tomorrow. I want to do well not only for my family, but for me as well,” Perry said.

He also set some goals for the game. He stated that he hopes to get his first collegiate interception, a few pass breakups, and some key tackles.

The Grass is Greener?

The UNLV Rebels had three practices to get adjusted to playing on grass. The Rebels home field, Sam Boyd Stadium is artificial turf. Many of the players said that getting accustomed to playing on natural grass was their toughest adjustment in getting ready for the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

A Bittersweet End 

When North Texas Senior linebacker Zach Orr arrived on campus at North Texas in 2010, the program was in a bad place. The team had not been to a bowl games, or a winning record in over five seasons. A lot of the incoming freshman contemplated transferring, or not playing at all. Orr spoke with the players, and they set out for a winning season before they graduate.

“It feels excellent to make the goal of going to a bowl game before we graduate, and to have actually accomplished it. It’s a dream come true,” Orr said.

Orr also said the buck doesn’t stop there. He said that their is not only to reach a bowl game, but to win one.

“Our ultimate goal is to be a bowl champion, and we have our hands full with a good UNLV team. This is something that we are looking forward to, and it is really important to finish off this this great year, and upstart the next year, and leaving our mark on the university,” Orr said.

“It’s gonna be bittersweet, because it is our last game for the University of North Texas, but it’s also going to be sweet, because as seniors, we will be able to lead out team out on the  field in a bowl game in our last game of the season. Guys are going to have mixed emotions, but it is going to be fun,” Orr said.

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Monday, December 30, 2013 – 6:50 pm CST

The UNLV Rebels, and the North Texas Mean Green hosted their final practices today, before their showdown in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, on Wednesday, at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium at 11 a.m. CST.

Both teams were able to take some time off today, going to Top Golf to relax before the game. Yesterday, the teams had “An Evening with the Stars,” at the American Airlines Center. Both teams watched the Dallas Stars host the St. Louis Blues in a NHL regular season game.

Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal 4:49 into overtime, giving the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Tomorrow, the head coaches from both teams, and selected players will host a press conference at 2 p.m. CST at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

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