The rosters may be smaller, the field narrower and the stands shorter, but the action and emotions were just as intense at the Division IV state championship football game.
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Before Tuesday, the last time I saw David Hollis, who played defensive back for UNLV in the 1984 California Bowl, was 1994. He still was known as “Hot Dog” Hollis then. He was playing defensive back for the short-lived Las Vegas Posse of the Canadian Football League, and the Posse were getting ready to play Doug Flutie and the Calgary Stampeders, and that seemed sort of important at the time.
You don’t accept a postseason game in 2013 to make money. You don’t agree to play North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1 with the idea your athletic department’s bottom line is going to realize a sudden influx of cash.
UNLV picked up another commitment from a quarterback, with Kevin Thomson, from Auburn Riverside High School near Tacoma, Wash., saying he would play for the Rebels.
Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career — or worse — at risk.
UNLV is having its best football season in 13 years, but the Rebels won’t have much to show in All-Mountain West honors.
The Rebels (7-5) make their first bowl appearance in 13 years when they take on North Texas (8-4) at 9 a.m. PST on New Year’s Day. North Texas is a touchdown favorite.
How to define a great day for UNLV football: That some 13 years after the school qualified for its last postseason game, the Rebels on Sunday accepted an invitation to play North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day.
It was not quite a blizzard, but it was bizarre. A thick white blanket covered the field in Philadelphia, and in elements better suited for a sled dog race in Alaska, LeSean McCoy seemed to run from Anchorage to Nome.
As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it’s easy to see why the coming four-team playoff won’t solve all the postseason problems.