Football Players Barred From Mexico During Sun Bowl

Too dangerous to cross the border in El Paso, officials warn
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2010 3:24 AM CST
Miami head coach Al Golden.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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(Newser) – Notre Dame and Miami Hurricanes football players have been barred from crossing into Mexico while staying in El Paso for the Sun Bowl. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly even confiscated his team's passports before the Fighting Irish flew to Texas as a precaution, reports AP. Both teams met with police and FBI officials yesterday to learn of the dangers of a quick international foray. El Paso borders Ciudad Jaurez, which is engulfed in a vicious drug war that has claimed 3,000 lives this year alone. Fans have been warned of the dangers, too, leading up to Friday's face-off.

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