December 28, 2010

Sun Bowl Players Ordered Not to Visit Mexico: Players for Miami and Notre Dame universities have been ordered not to cross the border into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, while in El Paso to play the Sun Bowl. Coaches confiscated their passports before the trip. More than 3,000 people have been killed in the Mexican city this year due to drug-war violence. "Don't go over the border, or you may not come back," Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly said.

posted by rcade to football at 12:54 PM - 12 comments

I have little to say other than that I agree with this.

posted by TheQatarian at 02:15 PM on December 28

I absolutely agree with this. Never was much to see in that city, and with the recent increase in violence, no reason for college kids to venture over the border.

They want to cross a border? Have them go into New Mexico. Las Cruces is a beautiful city just up the road, and they can stop at the casino on the way.

posted by dviking at 03:56 PM on December 28

where does it say their passports were confiscated?

posted by smithers at 05:44 PM on December 28

Yea, I was talking to some snow-birds (Minnesotans who go down to the Padre Island in Texas- close enough to the border) and they mentioned how even a few years ago, they all went across the border for dental work, stock on on meds, etc. Now, there's only one border town they can safely go to, and even then, they make sure to be careful.

posted by jmd82 at 06:12 PM on December 28

They could always send in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl Hurricanes to clean up the town.

posted by beaverboard at 06:26 PM on December 28

Were Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton, Jr available for comment?

posted by NoMich at 07:09 PM on December 28

This is a total violation of the rights of football players to see donkey shows.

posted by wfrazerjr at 07:14 PM on December 28

Really have to hand it to the Chicago Tribune for including that photo with the article. Talk about driving the point home... in a hearse.

posted by evixir at 07:36 PM on December 28

they all went across the border for dental work, stock on on meds, etc.

I'm gonna guess they weren't going to Juarez to begin with.

posted by yerfatma at 08:26 AM on December 29

Crossing the border to Mexico is one of the best reasons to attend the Sun Bowl. I had a good time going from Browsnville, Texas, over to Matamoros during a South Padre Island spring break in college.

I hope that Mexico can somehow get a grip on the violence. The death toll is unbelievable.

where does it say their passports were confiscated?


posted by rcade at 10:55 AM on December 29

thanks rcade!

posted by smithers at 11:10 AM on December 29

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