December 6, 2004 |
Which one of these things is not like the other? The teams playing in Bowl Championship Series games are No. 1 Southern Cal, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Auburn, No. 5 Utah, No. 6 Texas and No. 19 Pittsburgh. Yep, the Panthers, the automatic BCS qualifier from the Big East, will play in the Fiesta Bowl, which had the final pick among the four bowls that form the series. The Panthers (8-3), who are 21st in the final BCS rankings, will face Utah (11-0). The Fiesta Bowl could have selected Big 12 member Texas as a replacement for league champ Oklahoma, which will play in the Orange Bowl against USC. But officials allowed the Longhorns go to the Rose Bowl and went with Utah and then spent yesterday trying to put a happy face on their matchup.
May 25, 2011 |
Politicians who received letters from the Fiesta Bowl requesting that they return tainted campaign contributions are responding, and none appear too happy to be tarred with the same brush as the bowl's ousted CEO. U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona has offered the latest pushback, sending a caustic letter to the bowl's lawyer that called the return of the money inappropriate since the Fiesta Bowl had admitted improper conduct. Kyl said he would give the $3,000 he received to a charity.
November 28, 1986 |
The million-dollar bidding and maneuvering is over. The Fiesta Bowl and NBC have Penn State and Miami playing for the national championship on Jan. 2. Each school will add a tidy $2.3 million to its bank account and NBC expects to see big ratings numbers for the Friday night game in Tempe, Ariz. The developments that led to Penn State and Miami trotting down the lush green road to cactus land were distasteful to many observers. For a while, it appeared the Fiesta Bowl and the Citrus Bowl, in Orlando, Fla., were playing a big-time poker game in competing for the nation's top two teams.
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.
January 7, 2003 |
Miami tailback Willis McGahee took out a $2.5 million insurance policy 2 weeks before he was injured in the Fiesta Bowl and can collect after a year if the injury prevents him from returning to football, a Florida newspaper reported. Insurance agent Keith Lerner, of Gainesville, told Florida Today that the policy was signed and put into effect just before the national championship game, the newspaper said in a story published today. That last-minute decision could end up securing McGahee's financial future if he's unable to play again.
July 11, 1991 |
An alliance that encompasses four bowl games, five of the nation's most recognizable football conferences and Notre Dame, an alliance that will significantly improve the chances of the two highest-ranked teams meeting for the national championship, became final yesterday when the Fiesta Bowl was selected as the final part of the mix. The Fiesta, which twice has hosted games with national title implications, was picked over the Citrus Bowl to...
June 23, 1991 |
The ever-changing face of major college football isn't quite ready for the makeover that would give the public what it seems to want - a Division I playoff system. Yet, a so-called alliance involving the Orange, Sugar and Cotton Bowls and a fourth bowl game, along with the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East and Notre Dame, will bring to the game something resembling a playoff format. That alliance, expected to be completed in the next three weeks, might be only a meeting or conference call away from becoming official.
December 24, 2012 |
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.
October 27, 1986 |
Now that Penn State has used Alabama as a Bromo to wash away the indigestion the Nittany Lions were getting from people who doubted their credibility, it is realistic to project Joe Paterno's 7-0 team into a postseason national championship game for the second straight year. Of course, such talk may be premature. Or, as Paterno put it Saturday in Tuscaloosa after State made the second-ranked Crimson Tide look like another East Carolina, with a stunning 23-3 win, "I don't want to get into that silliness.
November 23, 1986 |
Penn State yesterday conditionally accepted a bid to play in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2. Now it's up to Miami to complete the cast for a game that almost certainly would determine the national champion. If Miami defeats East Carolina (2-8) on Thursday, the matchup will be complete. Regardless of the Miami-East Carolina outcome, the Hurricanes will play in the Fiesta Bowl. Miami will not exercise its option to play in the Orange Bowl, because Oklahoma defeated Nebraska, 20-17, to win the Big 8 title and an automatic Orange Bowl bid. The Hurricanes, who defeated the Sooners earlier this season, are not interested in a rematch.