Starting with the 2014 season, a Big 12 Conference school will be playing in either the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl or the Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank as the league will supply its seventh selection in five of the six seasons (2014-2019), and will be a primary back-up selection in one of the years.
Nate Boyer (left) with Brant Ringler of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
The Big Ten Conference extends its relationship with the Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank and enters into an agreement with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to secure a commitment to have a conference school play in the postseason games, on a rotating basis, during a seven-year period following the 2013-2019 seasons.
With an event-record 185 players competing, the 10th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Golf Tournament was held Friday, on Flag Day, at the Oak and Pecan courses of Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas. The popular summertime event returned to Walnut Creek's two courses for the fourth-straight year. This year also marked the second straight year the event was held on Flag Day as the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl continues to salute, honor and celebrate the military branches of the United States.
Beginning its second decade in 2013, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has returned to its full staff with the recent addition of Bryan Delgado as the new Event Supervisor for the popular college football bowl game that pays full tribute to the armed forces. Delgado, a 2008 Journalism graduate from the University of Oklahoma, joins the veteran staff of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl led by Executive Director, Brant Ringler. With an extensive media and marketing background, Delgado, like everyone on the four-person, fulltime team, will wear many hats in Fort Worth, and his extensive duty list will including marketing, group sales and sponsorship fulfillment.
A second competitor from Rice was picked in the National Football League draft Saturday as four players with participation in the last three Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls were part of the 2013 selection process.
Two more players with experience playing in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl were picked Friday in the National Football League draft. Defensive end Margus Hunt of SMU and tight end Vance McDonald of Rice were second-round selections by the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah became the 49th former Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participant to be selected in the National Football League draft as the Cougar defender was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 selection process by the Detroit Lions. A special team’s performer in the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl when BYU scored a 24-21 come-from-behind win over Tulsa in the game played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Ansah is also highest bowl game participant to be selected in the opening round of the NFL draft.
The 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio. This year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is slated to feature a team from the Mountain West Conference versus the U.S. Naval Academy, pending bowl eligibility.
The nomination process for the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America in conjunction with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has begun with the 2013 recipient to be named on Veterans’ Day (November 11).