Fiesta fined $1M; can stay in BCS

Posted: May 12, 2011

The Fiesta Bowl will be allowed to remain part of the Bowl Championship Series, though it must pay a $1 million fine for apparent illegal campaign contributions and inappropriate spending.

The BCS presidential oversight committee, which made the decision yesterday, also attached several other conditions as it let the Fiesta Bowl remain part of the system for deciding college football's national champion. They included steps to strengthen the Fiesta Bowl's board along with greater supervision of executives to make sure the problems are not repeated.

"The message is they had cleaned house and addressed their problems, but our group doesn't believe they went far enough," said Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS. He added that the $1 million fine was meant to reflect the "serious nature of the matter."

The BCS called for the $1 million to be donated to charities serving Arizona youth.

A recent internal report by the Fiesta Bowl detailed about $45,000 in reimbursements to employees for political donations, an apparent violation of federal and state laws. It also revealed lavish and inappropriate spending, such as $33,000 for a Pebble Beach, Calif., birthday bash for then-CEO and president John Junker, $13,000 for the wedding and honeymoon of an aide, and a $1,200 strip-club tab for Junker and two others. Junker has been fired.

In other football news:

* A former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader has sued the team, saying she was wrongly fired over photos she posed in for Playboy. In district court papers filed this week, Malori Wampler said the team terminated her for violating the squad's morals clause last November after someone sent the team the photos showing her in body paint. Wampler, 26, said she has attended a party at the Playboy mansion, helped host Playboy's golf outings and taken photos for the company's publications, though she says she never posed nude. The filing claims the team discriminated against Wampler, who is Indonesian, because of her race.

* NFL great Brett Favre says he is "done with football" when asked if he might attempt another comeback. Favre, a spokesman for Wrangler jeans, met with employees at a Wrangler plant in Hackleburg, Ala., that was destroyed by recent tornadoes that devastated the region.

Philly File

* Ryan guard Eric Fleming has committed to play basketball at Holy Family. Also, Bartram guard Barry Brockington is bound for Iowa Central Junior College.

* The Cabrini men's lacrosse team beat visiting Widener, 16-9, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sport Stops

* Bill Gallo, a cartoonist and columnist with the New York Daily News for 7 decades, died at 88.

* Former NHL star Jaromir Jagr's hat trick led the Czech Republic to a 4-0 win over the U.S. team in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Czechs will meet Sweden, a 5-2 winner over Germany, in the semifinals. Canada plays Russia and Finland faces Norway in the other two quarterfinals.

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