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Notre Dame arrives in El Paso for Sun Bowl

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EL PASO, Texas -- Amid much fanfare in this west Texas city along the Mexican border, Brian Kelly and his Notre Dame football team arrived Sunday night in advance of its Sun Bowl showdown with Miami (Fla.) on Friday at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The Irish players, coaches, athletic department officials and their families were scheduled to visit Indian Cliffs Ranch -- an authentic remnant of the Old West --  in nearby Fabens, Texas in the morning. The football team will practice Monday afternoon in nearby Socorro, Texas.
On Tuesday, both teams are scheduled to visit U.S. Army troops during a visit to Fort Bliss, Texas, where they will have an opportunity to get an up-close look at military equipment such as tanks, missile launchers, helicopters, as well as an opportunity to repel in a safe environment, according to Sun Bowl officials.

On Wednesday, the teams will square off in a bowling competition for charity. Hopefully it will be a friendly affair, unlike the beach dance contest at the Beef O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. last week that sparked an altercation between players from Louisville and Southern Mississippi and required state troopers to break up.

On Thursday, the team's get down to business with a walk-through and a Rotary Sun Bowl luncheon and no media access.

On Friday, the Irish and Hurricanes will play in the Sun Bowl at 12:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. Chicago time).

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