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NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 6:05 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

While the college football offseason has provided us with plenty of off-field news to talk about, few headlines have stirred the BCS pot quite like the reports of financial improprieties with the Fiesta Bowl. Many believe that the Fiesta Bowl, as well as the Insight Bowl, could both be in jeopardy of losing their licenses when the bowls are reviewed by the Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee at an annual meeting in New Orleans next weekend. On Thursday Nick Carparelli, Jr., the chair of the Football Issues Committee, announced that any specific decision on the two bowls would be delayed until another time.

“We are delaying our overall licensing review and decision of the Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl until we can discuss these details with bowl officials and fully examine all appropriate information,” Carparelli explained in an official release.

The licensing subcommittee has asked bowl representatives to provide details as to how they will improve the management of the bowls and their finances, including future business plans. For the organizers of the two bowl games, the extension comes as good news. Now the big-wigs who have not been removed from their post can have more time to clean up the mess. They will fight in the coming months to prove the Fiesta Bowl's validity as a principle member of the Bowl Championship Series, while Jerry Jones and the Cotton Bowl wait patiently with baited breath.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:19 am

NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

Really DocReal? The league with New Mexico,Wyoming,CSU and UNLV as members is better than Pitt, West Virginia and Cincy? Time for a reality check Doc. The old MWC was on the verge of BCS inclusion 2 years ago but with Utah's entrance into the PAC-10 instead of Texas and the other 5 from the Big 12 set the stage for the Mountain West's demise on the national level. Toss in the horrible TV contract the conference foolishly signed up for that made BYU exit and the Frogs desiring the more lucrative deal to the east and you have the recipe for an average league. The one I feel sorry for is Boise as they thought they were taking a step forward when in reality, they made a lateral move. Top recruits want to be on TV and when fans in Albuquerque,San Diego,Vegas, and Ft.Worth can't even find The Mountain Network on their cable, you're going to run into recruiting issues.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 6:34 pm

NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

The new MWC will still be better than the Big East.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:52 pm

NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

Bigdaddy; you're idea to include the MWC in the BCS system was dead-on. (2 years ago) With the Utah schools' defections and the impending TCU move east, the new MWC will be a shell of what it once was. Outside of Boise State, no other league member can be expected to compete with the Big Boys on a regular basis. The new MWC will be only slightly better than the old WAC with Bronco dominance still ruling the conference annually.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:44 am
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:36 am

NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

It seems pretty obvious where the NCAA is going with this.  Basically they are saying to the two bowls (both in Arizona) to give them a reason to keep the status quo, and they will do just that.  I still argue that the best solutionn for this mess is to add the MWC Conference to the AQ list and add the Cotton Bowl to the BCS Bowl list.  Move the Big 12-2 as the host Conference for the Cotton Bowl, and allow the MWC to host the Fiesta Bowl.  Doing that could also bring the NCAA and BCS one step closer to a "Plus One" playoff system.

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:22 am

NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

Actually, it would appear that the NCAA is allowing all the bowls time to determine their own vulnerability.  In any case, these are the same people who investigated and decided the Auburn issues as well as the USC issues.  What hats will they be wearing when they decide the Fiesta Bowl issues?  The NCAA as a governing body has proven itself a joke with the ambilavent application of their [alleged] standards. Even so, I appreciate the untenable positions they are often involved in.  I can imagine the political muscle being applied right now from many quarters.  It appears that the infractions of the Fiesta were extremely serious, wide spread, even criminal, but are these infractions really abnormal considering the climate of CFB as a whole.  As a Phoenix resident, I hope the Fiesta survives for the sake of the region and its history as an intended showcase for the Arizona teams and the WAC as it existed then, but if it doesn't so be it.  Maybe it will expose the true powers in CFB; thats not the NCAA. 

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:04 pm

NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

Oh come on now.  As far as the NCAA is concerned, the true infraction by the Fiesta Bowl is that all the excessive perks and political donations probably came out of the pie before the NCAA calculated its slice.  The license is only in jeopardy if the Fiesta people don't ante up pre-graft in the future.  Besides, I'm sure that somewhre along the line one Fiesta exutive will claim he didn't know what his father was spending the money on, and another will explain he didn't properly educate his employees about election laws.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:10 pm

NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

So, it would appear that the NCAA may actually be considering no punitive action against the Fiesta Bowl.  At the minimum, they should be stripped of BCS status.  The NCAA is becoming more of a joke everyday.  I was hoping Emmert (sp) would clean this mess up, but he seems to be worse than what we had previously. 

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