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Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:27 pm

Say hello to the Gator Bowl

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After only a year of sponsorship from Progressive Insurance, the Gator Bowl has a new title sponsor. And as the kids say, it slays.

Bowl representatives announced Thursday afternoon that the 2012 Gator Bowl will be sponsored by, a tax preparation wesbite. The sponsorship is a multi-year agreement.

"We are extremely proud to be associated with such an outstanding company that shares the Gator Bowl’s commitment to college athletics," Bowl chairman Greg Smith said in a statement. "As the country’s 6th oldest Bowl game, we believe that further enhances the Gator Bowl’s image as one of the premiere Bowl games in the nation.”

As with last year's game pitting Mississippi State against Michigan, the 2012 Gator Bowl will feature teams from the SEC and Big Ten. The game is scheduled for Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. EST. is the bowl's sixth sponsor and third in three years after Konica/Minolta let their sponsorship expire following the 2009 season and Progressive recently declined a second year.

The Gator Bowl joins the Bowl and the TicketCity Bowl as bowls sponsored by Internet sites. We at Eye on CFB  asked management if they were interested in picking up a sponsorship, but they decided they'd use the money on other things instead.

Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 5:20 pm

Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In a college football season that's already seen Eric LeGrand paralyzed at Rutgers and Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell pass away at age 20 after battling cancer, maybe we should be thankful the terrible news today regarding Syracuse punter Rob Long isn't worse already:
[Long] will not participate in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl due to surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Long notified the Syracuse University sports medicine staff that he had been experiencing headaches for the past several weeks. An MRI performed on December 2, 2010 revealed the benign tumor that will require imminent surgery.
Long will, obviously, miss the practices leading up to the bowl as well, and as a senior, his Orange career has come to an end. One of the many shames in this situation is that he will not be able to participate in what would have been the only bowl game of his and his fellow Syracuse seniors' careers. And however badly he'll be missed on the punting unit -- at 43.3 yards an attempt, he will go down ranked second in school history in punting average -- his absence will be felt even moreso in the locker room, where Long is a captain, popular teammate, and longtime 'Cuse fan favorite. (Syracuse blogger Sean Keeley writes that there's "probably some truth " to the idea that Long has been the team's MVP over the past few years.)

But clearly nothing football-related matters a bit next to a full recovery for Long from his upcoming surgery. The College Football Blog 's thoughts go with him as we wish him the speediest recovery possible.

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