Hello Rebel fans,
What a week it has been! We are so excited to be heading to a bowl game for the first time in 13 years and our first outside of Las Vegas since 1984. Coach Hauck, his staff and our student-athletes have worked so hard and the reward of playing on New Year's Day in the Heart of Dallas Bowl is something that we are very proud of.
TRAVEL WITH US!
We hope you are making your plans to be with us in Dallas to ring in the new year as we take on North Texas. There are several options that we have worked on that we hope you will take advantage of. We also are encouraging all of our fans to purchase tickets through our block.
- TICKETS: Tickets are $75 apiece (UNLV students with valid I.D. are $20 apiece with a limit of two) and available now by calling (702) 739-FANS (3267) or visiting UNLVtickets.com.
- HOTEL: A group rate at the Hyatt Regency Dallas starting at $189 plus tax is available for UNLV alumni and fans. To get the group rate, reserve your room by clicking here.
- AIR TRAVEL: UNLV alumni and fans can receive 5 percent off airfare between Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth on American Airlines. To take advantage of this offer, purchase online here with code: 12D3BS or with an agent at Jato/World Travel (Agent Kelly Garcia) at 423-267-9000 x. 4053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to learn more about how you can help our Rebels enjoy their bowl experience, please contact Erick Harper with the Rebel Athletic Fund at 520-955-2425 or Erick.Harper@unlv.edu
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
After accepting the bid to the Heart of Dallas Bowl, we held a press conference with Coach Hauck and several players on Monday. Click here to watch. Then, yesterday, the bowl had a press conference with both head coaches at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium where the game will be played. Click on the photo below to watch that.
Last week I was named the permanent athletics director for UNLV. I am honored to serve this great university and want to thank the Board of Regents for the tremendous support that they have given to me and to our athletics department. I also want to thank our president, Neal Smatresk, for this humbling opportunity to work on behalf of our 450 student-athletes, our talented head coaches and our hard-working staff. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I am looking forward to making a difference at my alma mater in my hometown.
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IN THE COMMUNITY
As an athletics department we try to be in the community as much as we can and with the holidays upon us it is a special time of the year to be able to help those less fortunate. Some recent events we have been a part of include: the Rebel Reading Challenge kickoff at the Thomas & Mack Center, which included 6,500 kids from over 30 local elementary schools, the women's basketball team and Hey Reb participated in the Tivoli Village Santa Parade, and the Santa Clothes Event was held here on campus with Rotary Clubs of Southern Nevada, where we hosted 320 underprivileged kids from local Boys and Girls clubs, the Salvation Army and two elementary schools. We also had student-athletes volunteering with the Great Santa Run and many of our teams have been visiting children in local hospitals. Click on the photo below to see a gallery from some of these events.
BASKETBALL BACK IN TOWN NEXT WEEK
The Runnin' Rebels and Lady Rebels are finishing up their "Rodeo" road trips this weekend. The men's basketball team will play at Southern Utah tomorrow, while the women's team will be at Loyola Marymount. The Runnin' Rebels are back at the Thomas & Mack Center next week on Wednesday and Friday (Dec. 18 & 20) vs. Radford and Sacred Heart, respectively, in the preliminary rounds of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. They will then head over to the Orleans Arena on Dec. 22-23 vs. Santa Clara, and Mississippi State or South Florida. Tickets for the TMC games may be purchased here, while tickets for games at Orleans Arena may be purchased here. The Lady Rebels will host the Duel in the Desert at Cox Pavilion, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-21, which features Clemson, Creighton and Oregon State. Tickets for that may be purchased here.
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES
Our men's swimming and diving team has moved back into the College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 25 rankings, as the Rebels are No. 23 in this week's poll. UNLV returns to action with a road dual meet on Jan. 11 at UC Santa Barbara ... Football had more than two players earn spots on the All-Mountain West first and second teams for the first time since 2006 as senior running back Tim Cornett, junior wide receiver Devante Davis and junior offensive lineman Brett Boyko all made the second team as part of the conference's official postseason awards. In addition, seven Rebels earned honorable mention -- after getting just two on the list a year ago. In fact, the 10 total UNLV players marked the most for the program since seeing 11 cited in 2003 when the conference was just nine teams deep ... The women's soccer team recently received the NSCAA Team Academic Award. For a team to be considered it must have a composite team grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all team members. The Rebels made the list after posting a team GPA of 3.46 ... The softball program will host three camps this weekend on campus at Eller Media Stadium. Click here for information.
Go Rebels and Happy Holidays!
UNLV Athletics Director