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Mexican Violence Casts Fear Over College Bowl Game

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and University of Miami head coach Jeff Stoutland share a moment before the start of the coaches luncheon that kicked off activities for the upcoming 77th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl. Both coaches were in El Paso to meet with members of the media as well as scout where the two teams will be lodging and practicing while in El Paso for the December 31st, New Years Eve game. Ruben R Ramirez/EL Paso Times

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and University of Miami head coach Jeff Stoutland share a moment before the start of the coaches luncheon that kicked off activities for the upcoming 77th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl. Both coaches were in El Paso to meet with members of the media as well as scout where the two teams will be lodging and practicing while in El Paso for the December 31st, New Years Eve game. Ruben R Ramirez/EL Paso Times

The cartel and drug violence in Cuidad Juárez has sown fear into residents along the Mexican and U.S. border – an angst that has now spread to college athletics.

It has manifest in, of all places, the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. That's where the Miami Hurricanes will battle the Notre Dame Irish.

The coaches of those teams will not allow their players to cross the border into Cuidad Juárez.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly took his team's passports before they flew to El Paso as a precaution. The Hurricanes didn't bring passports, either, and met with both local law enforcement and the FBI on Sunday shortly after arriving in Texas to further underscore the potential dangers of crossing the border.

Fans from both schools have also been urged to be cautious. 

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Mexican law enforcement have said more than 3,000 people have been killed there this year alone, and tens of thousands have been murdered since the country's president, Felipe Calderón, attempted an all-out crackdown on the cartels in 2006.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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