Fiesta Bowl

Auburn’s Tainted Title

April 4, 2013
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Auburn’s Tainted Title

Her calls went straight to voicemail. Her texts went unreturned. By mid-morning on March 11, 2011, the mother of Auburn University star safety Mike McNeil felt the shudder of a parental alarm go off in her mind. Where was Melodie Campbell’s son? His college roommates hadn’t seen him. He was absent from team workouts. He…

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Updating the 64-Team Dream College Football Bracket with the Final Four

April 2, 2013
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Updating the 64-Team Dream College Football Bracket with the Final Four

By now your bracket is complete and utter shambles. There’s far more red than green on this once former proud piece of paper, and college basketball’s postseason has once again conquered. And then there were four. March Madness has gone from 68 to the Final Four, and the postseason is now just a few games away from…

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Predicting a few dark-horse 2013-14 BCS national title contender

March 5, 2013
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Predicting a few dark-horse 2013-14 BCS national title contender

The Alabama Crimson Tide have won three of the last four national titles. That much, of course, is no secret, and neither is the fact that the rest of the country has been stuck playing catch-up behind the recruiting and coaching machine that is Nick Saban. However, with spring practices finally having kicked off throughout…

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Pryor a problem from start to finish

June 9, 2011
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Pryor a problem from start to finish The rise in gasoline prices doesn’t seem so outrageous, considering the rate of inflation for buying an Ohio State quarterback. Just seven years ago, a booster handed Troy Smith an envelope with $500 inside and said, “Now I own him.” But what once bought a future Heisman Trophy…

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Fiesta Bowl fined $1M, stays in BCS

May 12, 2011
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WASHINGTON — At the cost of a $1 million fine, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will keep its place in the Bowl Championship Series. The BCS presidential oversight committee imposed the penalty Wednesday in the wake of a scandal at the Arizona-based game that included apparently illegal campaign contributions from staff and lavish spending by the…

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Fiesta Bowl Can Stay In BCS Without Penalty

May 12, 2011
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The announcement hit today that the Fiesta Bowl will not be kicked out of the BCS. In addition, it will have to make some changes like having an annual independent audit and appointing two college administrators to its board. In other words, it pays no real penalty here. After all, enterprises as large as the Fiesta Bowl should…

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Football’s Absolute Power Corrupts Colleges Absolutely

May 1, 2011
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Football’s Absolute Power Corrupts Colleges Absolutely When Stanley McClover went college shopping, he was handed money by several big-time football factories. And Ohio State, he contended, introduced him to female escorts with the rather explicit suggestion that they were available. McClover recently told HBO’s “Real Sports,” however, that Auburn went a bit further in demonstrating…

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