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November 12, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Fiesta Bowl officials, under pressure because of the refusal of Arizona voters to honor Martin Luther King's Birthday as a holiday, received permission to move the game yesterday, then decided to leave it right where it is. Officials of the Jan. 1 bowl received approval by the NCAA Postseason Football Committee to switch the game from Tempe, Ariz., to a site that currently does not host a bowl game. The Fiesta Bowl committee, which spent most of the day yesterday trying to decide on teams and a site, announced last night that the bowl would be played as usual in the Phoenix suburb.
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January 8, 1999 | by Richard Huff, New York Daily News
When sportscaster Keith Jackson closed his nearly five-decade sportscasting career at the end of the much-awaited Fiesta Bowl, he was talking to ABC's largest Monday audience this season. The college football game, which pitted Tennessee against Florida State for the national championship, averaged 26,112,000 viewers. That's a larger TV crowd than any that tuned into the "Monday Night Football" pro games on ABC this season. The Fiesta Bowl easily won every half-hour of the night.
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November 9, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
Fiesta Bowl officials said yesterday that they were concerned that Arizona voters' rejection of two proposals to make Martin Luther King's Birthday a holiday would mean trouble for the New Year's Day game. Bill Shover, a Fiesta Bowl board member, said Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich told him earlier this year it would be difficult for the Hurricanes to accept an invitation to the game if the holiday were rejected. On Wednesday, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced he would recommend that the 1993 Super Bowl be moved from Phoenix because of the defeat of the proposal.
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December 26, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
Spurred by a hassle over a holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Fiesta Bowl plans to pay tribute to civil rights during halftime of the New Year's Day game between Louisville and Alabama, organizers in Tempe, Ariz., said. Arizona voters defeated two proposals to create a paid King holiday in the Nov. 6 general election. One proposal lost by a margin of 1 percent. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced the day after the election that the lack of a King holiday could cost Arizona the 1993 Super Bowl at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, the site of the Fiesta Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1987 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not quite the Super Bowl - when drinking establishments go all out to lure fans with flashy promotions - but tonight's national-title clash between Penn State and Miami in the Fiesta Bowl still will spark its share of revelry. At Spectacles, the video lounge in the Sheraton Society Hill, Second and Bank Streets, the festivities will include complimentary "tailgate munchies," buttons and a variety of Penn State paraphernalia for spectators. The game, meanwhile, will be viewed on a giant TV screen and four monitors, starting at 8 p.m. Information: 238-6000.
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November 13, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
Fiesta Bowl officials, scrambling for teams after receiving rejections from Virginia and Notre Dame, are expected to offer a bid to Louisville and a Southeastern Conference team for the Jan. 1 game in Tempe, Ariz. The officials were expected to make a decision on teams today. The Los Angeles Times yesterday quoted bowl sources as saying that 20th- ranked Louisville, which finished its regular season 9-1-1, has agreed to accept the Fiesta invitation. The Cardinals' opponent would be Tennessee, Auburn or Alabama.
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November 9, 1990 | Daily News Wire Services
One day after saying Tempe, Ariz., should not get the 1993 Super Bowl because the state's voters rejected a holiday honoring Martin Luther King, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said there still is time for the city to mend its fences with backers of a day for the slain civil rights leader. But the controversy continued to simmer as several colleges, including Penn State, said they would have to consider bypassing the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe because of the voters' action.
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November 13, 1991 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State's game against Notre Dame on Saturday at Beaver Stadium will be played for pride, national ranking and the competitive spirit. It will not bring the Nittany Lions an invitation to the Sugar Bowl. Notre Dame has already gotten that. Eighth-ranked State and the Fiesta Bowl have made an arrangement that will match the Lions against Tennessee in the New Year's Day game in Tempe, Ariz., a member of the bowl's selection committee said yesterday. The arrangement was made after the Sugar Bowl agreed to take Notre Dame as the opponent for Florida, the Southeastern Conference champion, regardless of the outcome of the Penn State-Notre Dame game, the Fiesta official said.
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January 2, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Danny McManus tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Ronald Lewis with 3 minutes, 7 seconds remaining yesterday, giving third-ranked Florida State a 31-28 victory over fifth-ranked Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl. McManus set Fiesta Bowl records by throwing 51 passes for 375 yards. He completed 28 passes, three for TDs, and suffered one interception. On their winning march, the Seminoles drove 97 yards in 11 plays after defensive tackle Eric Hayes recovered a fumble by reserve running back Tyreese Knox of the Cornhuskers at the Florida State 3. A 4-yard run by Knox with 40 seconds left in the third quarter had given Nebraska a 28-24 lead.
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December 9, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The Fiesta Bowl is investigating the possibility of playing overtime if the national-championship showdown between No. 1 Miami and No. 2 Penn State ends in a tie, executive director Bruce Skinner said yesterday. "Most definitely we're thinking about it," Skinner said. "We're checking the rule book at this time and checking the NCAA and checking with NBC to see if that possibility can be resolved if it ends up in a tie. " An NCAA spokesman said the Fiesta Bowl "is not totally out of the ballpark, that's for sure," in pursuing overtime play.
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December 31, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
SO WHAT if the inaugural college football playoff is at hand. When are they expanding it to eight teams? Or 16? Sigh. Let's all agree that no matter how large the field, there always will be a team that feels like it was jilted. Just look at college basketball, where Joe Lunardi has made debating "first four in" and "first four out" an annual March tradition nearly rivaling St. Patrick's Day. TCU and Baylor carry the burden of being left out of the playoffs, there is a Heisman showdown for just the third time in history and the kid at Ohio State has recovered from an unfortunate social-media fumble.
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January 17, 2013 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Chip Kelly stood on a makeshift platform in Glendale, Ariz., as midnight approached on Jan. 3. Six years ago, Kelly was a little-known offensive coordinator for an unheralded football program tucked away in Durham, N.H. Now here he was, accepting the Fiesta Bowl trophy with a team that serves as a sprinting billboard for Nike and a mind that stimulated interest from NFL executives trying to determine where the game is headed...
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January 17, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly stood on a makeshift platform in Glendale, Ariz., as midnight approached on Jan. 3. Six years ago, Kelly was a little-known offensive coordinator for an unheralded football program tucked away in Durham, N.H. Now here he was, accepting the Fiesta Bowl trophy with a team that serves as a sprinting billboard for Nike and a mind that stimulated interest from NFL executives trying to determine where the game is headed next. "We want Chip! We want Chip!" the Oregon fans sang.
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January 5, 2013 | Associated Press
De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for the first of his two touchdowns, Marcus Mariota accounted for three scores, and No. 5 Oregon raced past No. 7 Kansas State, 35-17, at the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night in Glendale, Ariz. Oregon (12-1) jumped out to a 15-0 lead behind Thomas' opening return and 23-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Kansas State (11-2) tried to bull its way behind Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, only to get overwhelmed by the speedy Ducks, who got some help with an obscure one-point safety on a blocked extra-point kick.
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January 5, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Everything about Oregon is fast - including the lead it built in Thursday's Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks opened against Kansas State with a 94-yard kick return for a touchdown by De'Anthony Thomas, one of the most dynamic players in the country. It took 12 seconds. Then Chip Kelly went for a two-point conversion. Because when you're the Oregon coach, conventional thinking is not always the best way of thinking. That's one of the reasons the 49-year-old is so desired by NFL teams.
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January 3, 2013 | Associated Press
One of the first questions Oregon coach Chip Kelly - perhaps the front-runner to take over as coach of the Eagles - was asked after arriving in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl was about the possibility of coaching in the NFL. The are-you-going-to-the-NFL questions haven't let up in the five days since, and only figure to pick up after seven coaches were fired Monday. Deflection has been Kelly's defense since the rumors started and it was no different after all those NFL openings cropped up. "I've got a game to play," Kelly said during the Fiesta Bowl's media day Monday.
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January 2, 2013 | Associated Press
DALLAS - So much for the idea that Oklahoma State didn't care about playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Clint Chelf threw three of his team's five touchdown passes and the Cowboys shook off a tough Big 12 finish by rolling up 524 yards and forcing five Purdue turnovers in a dominating 58-14 victory on Tuesday. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy didn't hide the disappointment of sliding down the bowl priority list with an overtime loss to Oklahoma when the rival Sooners scored in the final seconds of regulation, followed by another narrow defeat at Baylor to finish the regular season.
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December 24, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connecticut made the big move, and maybe, someday, it still will pay. The state built a 40,000-seat stadium and millions were poured into moving up from I-AA to the Big East, from on-campus bleachers to a place closer to Hartford. A decade later, the Huskies are still waiting for their invitation to the big time. National titles in men's basketball, more of them in women's basketball, a Big East title in football. . . . Still waiting. There still is a very good chance UConn will fill one of the openings in the Atlantic Coast Conference if the ACC is raided by one or more of the other big-boy leagues.
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December 19, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jake Pisarcik has never been to the West Coast, never been farther west than Indianapolis. But on Tuesday night, he made plans to cross the continent and play for one of the nation's best college football programs. The Shawnee senior offensive lineman made a commitment to attend Oregon on a football scholarship. "When they called, I was like, 'Wow,' " said Pisarcik, a 6-foot-4, 280-pounder who is the son of former NFL quarterback Joe Pisarcik. "I couldn't believe it. " Jake Pisarcik said he sent a tape of his highlights to Oregon, and a number of other schools, in late October.
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November 7, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
NEW ORLEANS will be the site of the new marquee bowl game between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12. The game will still be called the Sugar Bowl and will be played in the Superdome. The agreement between the leagues and the bowl is for 12 years. The SEC has a long history with the Sugar Bowl. Seventy-one times an SEC team has played in the game, far more than any other league. The first Sugar Bowl in 1935 matched Tulane, then of the SEC, against Temple. Several sites were vying to host the game, including Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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