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SBD/October 23, 2012/Colleges
Decision For Champions Bowl Site Comes Down To Dallas, New Orleans
Published October 23, 2012
THE FABRIC OF FOOTBALL: CBSSPORTS.com's Dennis Dodd noted it has been "a decade and a half now since the Cotton didn't make the cut as one of the four BCS bowls." It has been "a long, sometimes frustrating slog since then." Cotton Bowl President & CEO Rick Baker, Dallas and the bowl "were hopeful 15 years ago but were basically beaten out by John Junker and the Fiesta Bowl." Cotton Bowl VP/External Affairs Michael Konradi said, “We were playing with an old antiquated stadium, [that] was the biggest issue. Now that we have a stadium...” Dodd noted even if the city "doesn't become the site of the lucrative Champions Bowl in the next few days, the stadium almost certainly will be a part of new playoff rotation." But getting the Champions Bowl -- featuring the "SEC and Big 12 champs if available -- would be a validation of that long, hard fight back to relevancy for the Cotton." Sources said that the Champions "would take the name of the Cotton Bowl if Dallas wins the bid." Dallas "seems like it is about to become bigger time in college football" (CBSSPORTS.com, 10/22).