HONOLULU – Travel weary and apparently very hungry, the Fresno State Bulldogs and SMU Mustangs arrived in Hawaii Wednesday night in advance of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The two teams shared a beachfront barbecue at the Moana Surf Rider.
Former Warriors head coach and current Mustangs head coach June Jones is no stranger to the game. He'll be making his sixth appearance, four with UH, and two with SMU.
"Most of these kids will probably never have the opportunity to go to Pearl Harbor, see Hawaii, and already I can tell in their eyes they are just blown away by the beauty of this beautiful place" said Jones.
Bulldogs head coach Tim DeRuyter echoed his sentiments. "I want them to enjoy the experience here. To me that's part of the bowl game. The game's very very important, but so is the experience, and I want them to enjoy it."
Both teams will mix work with play for the duration of their stay. Each team has activities scheduled every day after practice.
The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will be played on Monday, December 24th. Kickoff is set for 3pm HT.