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Sun Bowl Players Forbidden to Visit Mexico

Posted by on Monday, 27 December, 2010

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– The 77th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl will be played this Friday at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, and the teams from Notre Dame and Miami have just arrived in town to prepare. But because of the El Paso’s proximity to the Mexican town of Cuidad Juarez, coaches for both teams are taking extra precautions to keep their players safe. No players will be permitted to cross the border during their free time.

The coach of the Fighting Irish, Brian Kelly, has taken his team’s passports, and the Hurricanes weren’t allowed to bring theirs either. Local law enforcement and the FBI meet with the teams shortly after they arrived in El Paso last night to educate the footballers about the perils of crossing the border.

Cuidad Juarez is in the middle of a drug war. Officials have estimated that more than 3,000 people have been killed this year alone, with the vast majority of all crimes in the city never even being investigated.

Fans from both schools are also being urged to be extra cautious. The Sun Bowl sold out in 21 hours this year.

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