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Press Release

2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Credential Application Open

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

HOUSTON – Media members interested in covering the 2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff may now apply for credentials through the game’s online application system. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The 2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff will feature the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Ole Miss Rebels. The game will be played on Saturday, Sept. 1 at NRG Stadium and will be televised nationally on ESPN at 11 a.m. CT.

To apply for credentials, please click here.

Only recognized news organizations will be credentialed. The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff will not credential freelance reporters or photographers not on specific assignment by a recognized outlet. Freelance reporters or photographers working on assignment must have their editor submit an application on their behalf.

CONTACTS:
Allie LeClair, allie.leclair@houstontexans.com
Stephanie Ramsey, stephanie.ramsey@houstontexans.com

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Press Release

2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Opens College Football Season in Houston, Saturday, Sept. 1

Game will kick off at NRG Stadium at 11 a.m. on ESPN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 31, 2018

HOUSTON – The 2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff featuring Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss will kick off the first Saturday of the college football season on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m. CT. This Big 12/SEC showdown will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, and will be televised nationally on ESPN.  The game will also be carried nationally on radio by Westwood One affiliates including Sports Radio 610 (KILT-AM) in Houston.

The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff will mark the sixth match-up in the schools’ histories, continuing the tradition of championship caliber opponents facing off at NRG Stadium. Ole Miss owns a 3-2 record against Texas Tech. The two teams first met in 1986 with their most recent meeting in the 2009 Cotton Bowl where the Rebels beat the Red Raiders 47-34.

The 2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff will mark the sixth year of an eight year agreement between Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, to bring a top college football game to NRG Stadium during Labor Day weekend to start the college football season.

Tickets start at $43 and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 832-667-2390. A limited number of luxury suites are still available, to purchase call 832-667-2160. Tickets are also available at the NRG Stadium box office. For more information, please visit www.AdvoCareTexasKickoff.com.

 

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 12 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Fla.); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Atlanta); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Fort Bliss, Texas); Charleston Classic (South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (TBD); Myrtle Beach Invitational (Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off; State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

Team Alert

Is Lamar Jackson a Potential Heisman Repeat Winner?

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

There hasn’t been a Heisman Trophy repeat winner since 1975. For you Millennials, that’s a long time ago, so long ago in fact, that it’s before cable TV was invented. You know, that cable TV that they’re seemingly cutting out of their lives going forward. But, I digress. The history of no repeat winner is so stark, and true, that heading into the 2017 season, no one gave Louisville mega-weapon quarterback Lamar Jackson a chance in Hades of winning this prestigious award again. Heck, analysts and national media didn’t even name him the 2016 Heisman winner a Preseason All-American at the position.

Yet after two weeks of the 2017 season, Jackson has everyone’s attention…again. He’s accounted for eight touchdowns and 1,010 yards of total offense. Oh, and he’s not thrown an interception, either. He led Louisville to wins over much improved Purdue and conference foe North Carolina in the process. Similar to the way that he started 2016, Jackson has strung together highlight reel plays and prodigious numbers as no other player has to start the 2017 season.

But, Clemson is up next. The defending champs just held Auburn to six points and sacked Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham ELEVEN times. That’s no misprint. ELEVEN. Last year in Death Valley, Jackson won the battle, but his Cardinals lost the war. He put up 295 yards through the air and 162 on the ground in one of the best games of the 2016 season, yet the Cardinals lost. This week, the Tigers come to Louisville and Jackson has a chance to ruin their visit and win over even more non-believers.

If he does, maybe the repeat Heisman bandwagon will start to fill up with converts.

By: John Harris

Press Release

LSU Tigers vs. BYU Cougars Postgame Notes, Quotes and Gamebook (9/3)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, September 3, 2017

LSU-BYU Gamebook

Postgame Quotes

LSU Game Notes

BYU Game Notes

POSTGAME QUOTES FROM LSU:

HEAD COACH ED ORGERON

Opening Statement

“I’m proud of our football team. I’m proud of our coaching staff and their preparation all week and the way they prepared this football team. We played as many as five freshmen on defense and either started or played five freshmen on offense. I was proud of the way they played. First off, we had zero sacks and zero turnovers on offense. That was fantastic. We held them to minus five yards rushing. (It was) Another tremendous job by our defense. You have to credit (Defensive Coordinator) Dave Aranda, (and Defensive Line Coach) Pete Jenkins. They are two of the best in the business. Corey Raymond did not allow any deep balls. The one they tried to throw, they picked it. (Give) Credit to (Outside Linebackers Coach) David Johnson. (It was) Just a tremendous job by our staff. On special teams we have some things to fix, but we will. I thought we got better. We came back the second half and rallied. Obviously, we are going to eliminate the penalties. I think it was first-game jitters. We are going to fix them. We are going to get better in the red zone. We should have made a couple more touchdowns in the red zone. We know that and we will fix it. We are going to watch tape and take the next step. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of Houston. We know they are going to fight back. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the families of our players that were affected. I am proud of the players from Houston. A lot of them played tonight and played well through adverse conditions all week. Again, we are going to get back on the bus, look at the film tomorrow and get prepared to take the next step next week.”

On running the ball 57 times tonight?

“We want to be fifty-fifty. But it was one of those nights where we knew it was going to be physical, and we would take whatever they would give us. We felt they were giving us the run, and we were taking it a little bit. We wanted to out-physical them. They were a physical football team, but so were we.”

How do the young wide receivers look?

“We knew they were going to play. We prepared them. I feel like this is one of the best freshman classes that I have ever been around. I thought they were going to play well. Actually, I thought they were going to make a few more mistakes than they did. But it did not seem like they did. They answered the bell. I have to give credit to our older guys. They helped coach them up. They stayed calm on the sidelines and before the game. Credit to the coaches for managing their positions. They played very well.”

QB DANNY ETLING

What are your thoughts on tonight’s performance on offense?

“We were able move the ball real well, some miscues down at the goal line, but a lot of it is some first game stuff. It is good to get it out the way and on film.”

How did you feel tonight?

“I felt great. I felt as good as I ever felt playing a game, especially during warm up, I thought I never felt this way before a game. ”

Was it planned to run that many times?

“We are going to do whatever the defense 9s going to give us. They dared us to run the ball and we did it. We are going to establish the run and we are going to be a team that doesn’t back down from challenge. That was what they was giving us and we took it.”

How much more offense is there?

There is a little bit more. We found some plays that worked and we stuck with those, and we change it up next week and see what the defense give us, and we will attack it that way.”

DE CHRISTIAN LACOUTRE

What did you see from the freshmen and what did you expect?

“We were expecting a lot from them, because we’ve seen them in camp. Young guys play big roles. You see a freshman (Andraez Williams) going in there getting a pick right off the bat. It’s a huge momentum shift and a lot of these guys are doing that, so for us, we expect it from them. He (Williams) had jitter bugs at first, but of course everybody does in a big game, he stepped up and did a great job.”

Was this beyond even your best expectations, under 100 yards surrendered – How good was this from your standpoint?

“We’ve been practicing very hard and expect the best for us. We looked at the stats in the second quarter and had a great shot at doing this. We expect to be that, but you don’t know. You can have a great performance, but be 200 yards total, 300 yards total. We saw in the third quarter. We saw in the fourth quarter and we said, “We’re staying in; we have to keep going.” We did a great job and a lot of the young guys did a great job, as well. For us, we expect high expectations and we have to continue, but there is always room to improve.”

Was tonight a direct result of work put in over the summer?

“We lost a lot of guys to the NFL. For us, we had a lot of the right guys step up. I didn’t play last year so I had to make sure I was ready to go. Devin White, Donnie Alexander, those guys they did great things. There are a lot of guys that stepped up. They understand their role and want to do great things. They’re out there in camp and spring ball being consistent and when it’s gametime, they’re ready to go.”

– TIGERS –

 

POSTGAME QUOTES FROM BYU:

HEAD COACH KALANI SITAKE

Opening Comments

“(It was a) Tough game. (I’m) Really disappointed in the outcome. (I’m) Really disappointed in the stuff we did as a team. We just couldn’t get anything going no matter what it was, especially momentum. (I’m) Just really disappointed. That’s my fault as a coach to get this team ready and we have a big one coming up next week. Our priority will be to focus on fixing things, getting some momentum and figuring out ways to win the game. I have to give a lot of credit to LSU they are a really good team with that defense they fly around and with that offense they really throw that ball and are really efficient. Both with the run and the pass they keep you guessing and are really a good physical team. We have some things to fix and some things to improve on. We thought we could have done better but you have to give light to LSU and Coach Orgeron and their program on how they run their defense. They play with great technique. They just didn’t give you much to move on especially when it came to our offense. We couldn’t generate any momentum. We had 38 plays, I think, on offense. It’s hard for us to win games against teams that have really good gameplans. I thought their gameplan was really good. It was a difficult game and we need to respond better. This is adversity for us, and we need to respond better to prepare for next week.”

Tonight you faced a great defense, can you comment on how you feel that went?

“Yes, they have some great coaches. The talent is there. This is a great compliment to their recruiting. Some guys have stepped in and played really well and did not show that they were inexperienced. I think that’s a huge credit to Coach Orgeron and their defensive backs coach who does a great job with their group. Naturally these guys just played well and they showed some of the best defense I’ve seen in college football.”

You gave up two touchdowns and then you have a break until the field goal, why do you think you struggled stopping them?

“It was hard reps. They were on the field quite a bit. We really didn’t help ourselves too much by getting off third downs, we gave way too many first downs and for that second downs. It was very frustrating but our defense, there was just things we could have done differently. You have to give us credit though our bodies were in the right spot, we just missed tackles. We have to rally around guys and find ways to make more plays, and be more destructive. LSU did a great job getting that offense ready. They had a lot of different looks and were efficient on the pass game. They were in synch the entire game. On all three fronts they outplayed us and as coaches we need to look a lot at what they are doing. What they are doing as a team is something I would love to have as a part of our identity. They have smashmouth football and use their talent appropriately. Overall it is a compliment to Coach O and what he has done with that program and that coaching staff.”

– COUGARS –

Press Release

MEDIA ADVISORY: ADVOCARE TEXAS KICKOFF: LSU VS. BYU

Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Saturday, September 2, 2017, 8:30 PM CT

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey to Houston and the surrounding areas, the 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between LSU and BYU has been relocated to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In preparation for tomorrow’s game, Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, ESPN Events and SMG are pleased to provide the following game day information.

EVENT INFORMATION
Ticketing Information:
Ticket Sales – The Mercedes-Benz Superdome Box Office (Gate A Ground Level) will be open from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM for ticket sales on game day. Gates B & H Ticket Booths will also be open on game day from 4:00 PM – halftime. Tickets are still also still available and priced from $40-$215 per ticket.
Will Call – The Mercedes-Benz Superdome Box Office (Gate A Ground Level) will be open from 12:00 PM – halftime on game day.

Gate Information:
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – All gates at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome open at 6:30 PM.
Champions Square – Champions Square will open at 4:30 PM for the Bud Light Fan Fest.

Security Measures:
Walk-through Metal Detectors – The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will use walk-through metal detectors at all entry gates to enhance safety and security. Prior to entering, guests are asked to remove cell phones, keys, cameras, and other large metal objects, and place them in the security bins. Do not remove belts, coins, jackets, wallets, watches or small jewelry.

Bag Policy – The NFL Clear Bag Policy will NOT be in effect for this game. However, please note the following bag size restrictions. Bags cannot exceed 12″ x 12″ x 6″ per bag. Backpacks and oversized bags are prohibited.

Express lanes are available at all entrances for guest without bags.

NOTE: The State of Louisiana bans the possession of guns on the premises.

Prohibited Items:
All backpacks, animals (with exception of service dogs), large banners or banners in poor taste, bottles, cans, containers of any kind, contraband, large bags, laser pointers, noisemakers, outside food and drink, oversized packages, audio recording equipment, projectiles, mace, weapons and beach balls, and any other items deemed inappropriate by management are prohibited.

Camera Policy:
No video cameras or cameras with professional lenses exceeding 6”. No GoPros.

TRAFFIC & PARKING

Patrons driving to the event should be aware that parking at the Superdome is limited. It is best to arrive early to secure a space at the Superdome, or allow for ample time to reach downtown New Orleans and find alternative parking.

Patron Parking – Beginning at 2:30 PM, Garages 1, 2, 5, 6 & Champions Garage will be available – $40.00
ADA Parking – Beginning at 2:30 PM, limited ADA parking will be available in VIP East – $40.00

NOTE: Parking is CASH ONLY.

To view Ingress & Egress Traffic Maps, click here.
To view a map of parking garages and surface lots, click here.

PREGAME AT CHAMPIONS SQUARE
BUD LIGHT FAN FEST

Get your game face on and join us in Champions Square before the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in the Dome for Bud Light Fan Fest! This FREE and open to the public pregame starts at 4:30 PM and will include live entertainment, frosty drinks, and tons of food. With Champions Square being only a touchdown pass away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it’s the place to get loud while celebrating before LSU & BYU kick off at 8:30 PM.

Live Entertainment – Bucktown Allstars will excite fans with musical entertainment on the Champions Square stage starting at 6:30p.
For more information on the Bud Light Fan Fest, click here.

CONTACTS:
Allie LeClair
Houston Texans
(832) 667-2050
allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

Savannah Chamblee
SMG-Mercedes-Benz Superdome
(504) 587-3924
savannah.chamblee@smgneworleans.com

About Lone Star Sports & Entertainment
Lone Star Sports & Entertainment is an event management company founded in 2003 that is closely affiliated with the NFL’s Houston Texans. Since its founding, LSSE has established itself as the leading sports event promoter in Houston. In addition to the Texas Bowl and the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, LSSE has emerged as a premier promoter for international soccer matches, including Copa America Centenario, the International Champions Cup, the 2010 MLS All-Star Game featuring Manchester United, the 2006 FC Barcelona U.S. tour, 2003 and 2008 matches between the United States and Mexico, and the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. LSSE has also reinvigorated the “Battle of the Piney Woods” rivalry between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State and has promoted major concerts featuring country superstars including George Strait and Kenny Chesney.

About SMG
Celebrating its 40th anniversary and founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming; construction and design consulting; and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.

About ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.