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    The University of Oklahoma board of regents on Wednesday authorized athletic director Joe Castiglione to
    negotiate with Dallas city officials an extension that would allow the annual football game to continue at the Cotton Bowl.

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  • DJRamFan
    Texas, Oklahoma say Cotton Bowl needs upgrade to keep game
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 17, 2005
    CBS wire reports

    DALLAS -- Athletic directors at Texas and Oklahoma want to see some improvements in the Cotton Bowl if the annual Red River rivalry between the two schools is to continue in Dallas.


    "I don't think the University of Oklahoma is sitting here saying that we want gold-plated hand rails," Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a story in Wednesday's editions of the Dallas Morning News. "But if you go sit in that stadium and see its condition, you'll see that there has to be some improvements."

    The schools took up the issue last week when announcing a new sponsorship agreement with SBC Communications Inc. for the traditional October matchup during the State Fair of Texas.

    A clause allows the schools to opt out of their agreement to play at Fair Park in Dallas after the 2007 game. The game has been played there since 1929.

    "The decision whether to opt out after the 2007 game would probably need to be made about a year in advance," Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said. "Joe Castiglione and I are having conversations with our staffs about it and trying to decide where Dallas is with our game and what the Cotton Bowl stadium is going to look like in 2008."

    Castiglione said, "Turn it around. They want this game in Dallas. What are they offering to us? If the stadium is not in good enough condition to hold the game, what choice do we have? But we would rather not wait until the last year of the contract to make that decision."

    State Fair of Texas president Errol McKoy said Tuesday that he sent a $26 million proposal to renovate the Cotton Bowl to Dallas mayor Laura Miller and the City Council a year ago.

    Miller said Tuesday that public bonds could fund major Cotton Bowl renovations. She said she was committed to keeping the game in Dallas as well as hosting more games in the stadium.

    Miller said in November that city officials would get the money to improve the Cotton Bowl and would seek a longer contractual commitment from Texas and OU.

    However, Dodds and Castiglione said Tuesday that they were not aware of a renovation proposal and hadn't heard from the city about extending their contract.

    "This is the first I've heard of it," Dodds said. "But it's not our decision to tell Dallas what to do to improve the stadium. It's our decision what to do with the game based on the facts we'll have at the time."

    If improvements aren't made to the Cotton Bowl, Dodds has said that he would favor going to a home-and-home series. He said he wouldn't favor the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington because the State Fair is the basis of the game's tradition and the...
    -08-17-2005, 07:38 PM
  • RamsFan16
    Iowa Hawkeyes and Florida Gators Invited to Outback Bowl
    by RamsFan16

    December 04, 2005

    Iowa Hawkeyes and Florida Gators Invited to Outback Bowl

    Tampa, FL -- Outback Bowl officials extended an invitation today to 16th ranked University of Florida and No. 25 University of Iowa to play in Tampa on January 2nd. The game will be a rematch of the 2004 bowl and only the third time the two programs have played each other.

    “We are elated to have these two quality teams in the Outback Bowl,” stated Bowl Chairman Bruce Poli. “The Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater area will roll-out the hospitality for the Iowa and Florida teams and their fans.”

    “We are delighted beyond words to playing in the 2006 Outback Bowl. It’s a testament to everyone connected with Iowa football, including our fans, that we have been selected again by this prestigious bowl. Our thanks go out to Jim McVay and everyone on the bowl committee for their confidence in our program. We look forward to playing an outstanding, and well coached, Florida team in another great January Outback Bowl game.”

    “We are delighted to accept the invitation to represent the Big Ten Conference in the Outback Bowl,” said Iowa Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby. “Our institution had a tremendous experience when we competed against Florida in the 2004 bowl and we are honored to once again enjoy the hospitality and exceptional competitive environment in Tampa.”

    “We are excited about the opportunity to play in the Outback Bowl to play a very talented and well coached Iowa team,” said Florida head coach Urban Meyer. “We are thrilled to accept an invitation to the Outback Bowl and we appreciate the opportunity provided to us by the Outback Bowl Committee," said Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. "The Tampa and St. Petersburg area has a large and passionate Gator following. We are looking forward to enjoying a great week of hospitality and having the chance to play in an outstanding Bowl game.”

    “This match-up is a tremendous way to celebrate the Outback Bowls 20th anniversary game,” said Bowl President / CEO Jim McVay. “There will be an electric atmosphere around this game and we look forward to hosting the teams and about forty thousand out of town visitors.” “We are confident that these two outstanding teams will match-up well and expect the Hawkeyes and Gators will be an exciting game until the final whistle,” added Team Selection Committee Chairman Mitch Shriber.

    The Outback Bowl is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will kickoff at 11 A.M. (ET) on January 2nd in Raymond James Stadium. The game is telecast internationally on ESPN TV. Tickets to the Outback Bowl are $60 each and are available at Ticketmaster outlets throughout Florida, via phone at (813) 287-8844 and online at Tickets will also be available through the Iowa and Florida ticket offices. Information...
    -12-04-2005, 10:11 PM
  • Nick
    2005-2006 Bowl Projections
    by Nick
    -11-28-2005, 03:12 PM
  • Aries51
    Some Bowl Results
    by Aries51
    Better late than never....

    Heres a few Bowl results:

    Rose Bowl

    Miami 37 Nebraska 14

    Orange Bowl

    Florida 56 Maryland 23

    Sugar Bowl

    LSU 47 Illinois 34

    Fiesta Bowl

    Oregon 38 Colorado 16

    Gator Bowl

    Florida State 30 Virginia Tech 17

    Cotton Bowl

    Oklahoma 10 Arkansas 3

    Citrus Bowl

    Tennessee 45 Michigan 17

    Peach Bowl

    North Carolina 16 Auburn 10

    Holiday Bowl

    Texas 47 Washington 43

    For more results go to:

    :angryram: GO RAMS! STAY FOCUSED! WIN!:shield:
    -01-05-2002, 11:23 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Franchione to get extension, raise from Texas A&M
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 01, 2005 wire reports

    DALLAS -- Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione will get a contract extension and a raise after leading the Aggies to the Cotton Bowl in his second season.


    Athletic director Bill Byrne said Saturday that Franchione's contract, currently worth $1.7 million annually through 2010, was being restructured. He didn't release the details.

    "He's done a great job with the talent we have and I look forward to a great future at Texas A&M," Byrne said before the Aggies (7-5) finished their season with a 38-7 loss to Tennessee. "We want to make sure Dennis Franchione continues to coach our football team."

    The deal is expected to be completed this month. Byrne would only say that Franchione would remain among the best-paid coaches in the country.

    "It certainly provides continuity and patience for what we're trying to do, and understanding," Franchione said. "This is where we want to finish our coaching career, and where (wife) Kim and I want to be."

    The Cotton Bowl was Texas A&M's first New Year's Day game in six years. The Aggies were 4-8 last season.

    Texas coach Mack Brown agreed this week to a 10-year contract worth more than $25 million. The Longhorns played Michigan in the Rose Bowl, their first Bowl Championship Series game.

    Byrne said a restructured contract for Franchione had been discussed before Brown got his new deal.

    "We always analyze our compensation at the end of every year," Byrne said. "This is something that actually President (Robert) Gates and I talked about sometime in November."

    Texas A&M started this season with a 41-21 loss at Utah, then won six straight games before losing three of its last four. The Aggies still got their first Cotton Bowl berth since 1998, after Texas got into the BCS.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -01-01-2005, 02:57 PM