|I don't have any personal experience to offer, but it seems to me like starting with a somewhat smaller goal than a bowl game might be more realistic. I can imagine that the media director gets tons of requests for access, and would probably get hammered if every shutterbug with a DSLR was given field-level access. Starting out at the high school level is probably more realistic, and would probably be a better learning experience anyway - much less crowded. Even a regular season UH game might be a better target.
However, there are several great photogs around here that do get field level access to pro football games. url=//www.dpchallenge.com/profile.php?USER_ID=3102]Alan Freed[/url] shoots at Pitsburgh Steelers games, and BradP recently posted pictures he shot from a recent San Diego Chargers game.
I'm with you - I'd love to get access to a major sporting event like that. I'm just saying, reality is, you're just one of a whole lot of requests that guy is probably getting right now, and he's probably way stressed out right now.