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Southern Methodist gets first Bowl invite in 25 years

To the same state, but different bowl game, than the Mustangs last appearance. From ESPN-

SMU celebrated its first bowl bid in 25 years in style Monday, accepting an invitation to play in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.

President Gerald Turner, athletic director Steve Orsini and coach June Jones, wearing leis, officially accepted an invitation at a festive, Hawaiian-themed event inside the student center. The announcement caused the crowd of a few hundred — fans, boosters, administrators, players, cheerleaders and band members — to break into wild applause.

“We’ve proven there’s life after death,” Orsini said.

It is SMU’s first bowl invitation since beating Notre Dame in the 1984 Aloha Bowl. In 1985, the program was placed on three years’ probation. In 1987, the SMU football program was given the Death Penalty by the NCAA and was shut down for two seasons — the harshest penalty ever given to any major collegiate program.

If Hawaii beats Wisconsin, the Golden Warriors will be SMU’s opponent. If not, then another WAC school.

I find it interesting that ESPN’s Richard Durrett makes no mention of the fact that June Jones left Hawaii for SMU two years ago and the acrimony that resulted because of it. The crowd’s reaction to Jones return could be very interesting.

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