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Investigation ongoing, Fiesta Bowl prepares for the worst

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The results from an internal investigation covering the political and financial dealings of the Fiesta Bowl could be revealed as early as next week, and the results do not appear to be promising.

According to an Associated Press report, the investigation “is the culmination of a probe by a three-member panel that includes two Fiesta Bowl board members and a retired Arizona Supreme Court justice.” The article also states that the internal investigation is separate from a state attorney probe into possible criminal violations involving political contributions by Fiesta Bowl employees.

However, both investigations involve Fiesta Bowl employees financially endorsing state political figures and then being reimbursed by the bowl. As a non-profit organization, that would be a serious legal no-no. Because of its contract with the BCS, the Fiesta Bowl will remain a BCS game — regardless of the outcome of the investigation — for another three years.

A month ago, Fiesta Bowl CEO and President John Junker (great name) was placed on indefinite administrative leave.


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  1. southernpatriots says: Mar 19, 2011 4:13 PM

    Hopefully, during the next three years of the remaining BCS contract with the NCAA, university ADs and presidents, as advised by the college football coaches will agree on a playoff system.

    Utilizing the existing bowls would be a good place to start since those are already organized and in place. This use of the bowls could be a transition phase until better accommodations could be found. Since none of the ADs and coaches are for a “home stadium” approach, believing that would bring a distinct disadvantage to the visiting teams, this neutral bowl system playoff system is the only suggestion so far which has gotten favor amongst the principles of the schools.

    Needless to say, we need a major college football playoff. That has been obvious for the past 40 years or so. It becomes more obvious each year. We are writing letters to all SEC ADs, ACC (in process), then Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10/12, etc. Some have indicated favor with the idea of a playoff system.

  2. cometkazie says: Mar 19, 2011 4:17 PM

    Does the BCS contract with the bowls have an out for behavior like this?

    Seems as if it should.

    My two cents . . . .

    I’d like a playoff, too, but they play too many games already. After all, these are supposed to be students . . . . .

  3. southernpatriots says: Mar 19, 2011 4:27 PM

    The amount of games played by major college football teams pales in comparison to the number of basketball games, baseball games, and some other athletic competitions of major college athletes. An expansion of about 3 games, similar to the smaller college playoffs would probably be the template that the NCAA suggests to member schools.

    Professors at all major (and minor) universities have lesson plans and contingencies for athletic competitions held away from the university. Work is done on the trips to and fro as well as made up when they return. It is not easy, but that is the life of a university athlete, we know.

  4. edgy says: Mar 19, 2011 5:05 PM

    cometkazie says:


    If it did, they’d all be in trouble. The Fiesta isn’t the only one taking heat.

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Mar 19, 2011 5:11 PM


    The short answer is no. The Fiesta Bowl still has a contract with the BCS for another three years. However, when that contract is up, there is the possibility the Cotton Bowl could take the Fiesta Bowl’s spot.

  6. tweener8292 says: Mar 19, 2011 5:17 PM

    I’m assuming that the Cotton Bowl will replace them. History, the new Cowboys Stadium, the aggressiveness of Jerry Jones (although he’ll have to live down the Super Bowl situations), etc.

  7. frug says: Mar 19, 2011 6:02 PM

    Sketchiest thing from this article,

    The bowl also announced it no longer would give free game tickets to members of the Arizona Legislature.

    (To be clear, I’m not upset they stopped handing them out, I’m angered they used to do so, apparently for many years.)

  8. cometkazie says: Mar 19, 2011 6:08 PM

    Southern Patriot: I was being a bit facetious, but LSU could drop the Troy States and LaTechs and other BCS teams could do likewise. It’s a long enough season IMHO.

    I officiate track and field and have seen the support the athletes at LSU get as you mentioned. I think they also take reduced hours in the fall semester.

    Then there was the shot putter that told me he was concerned his GPA was going to drop below 3.5. Athletes in all sports do a lot of work.

  9. southernpatriots says: Mar 19, 2011 7:38 PM

    One of us played for Georgia, and his GPA dropped about .2 during the fall but he picked it up again in the spring. Another one of us played for LSU, and he had the great accommodations of the professors, advisors, tutors, etc. There are always the smaller and lesser quality schools which are scheduled along with the toughest schedule in major college football–LSU– (as rated by numerous ESPN, Bleacher Reports, etc. researchers and writers). The smaller schools earn a huge portion of their yearly budget by playing the big schools. By playing in the SEC West, already the schedule is a gauntlet of tough highly ranked teams, but when Oregon and West Virginia are added it keeps the power and difficulty level high.

    The other divisions of college football all have playoffs. ALL have playoffs. If ever the ADs give as an excuse the length of the schedule, they are being disingenuous. The schedules can be modified or shortened as you have indicated. We are pursuing them to at least be informed that the fans would like a playoff system for major college football as there is for all other college team sports. We are sure the NCAA can advise the major college presidents and ADs how all other divisions of college football have and run their season and playoffs.

    None of our family of athletes and alums of LSU, GA and other SEC schools ever tried track, except in high school. But we sure enjoy watching it, especially that we are now all retired. We alter between the indoor season and the outdoor season, season by season…ha. Keep up the great work you are doing!

    God willing, our health permits, we will all try to be at the LSU Spring game, except for our sister who is undergoing cancer surgery and treatment. She loved to blog about the SEC and LSU and we are trying to keep this up for her, though typing is none of our talents…ha.

  10. cometkazie says: Mar 19, 2011 8:02 PM

    SouthernPatriot said:
    None of our family of athletes and alums of LSU, GA and other SEC schools ever tried track, except in high school. But we sure enjoy watching it, especially that we are now all retired. We alter between the indoor season and the outdoor season, season by season…ha. Keep up the great work you are doing!

    We’ve been in the same building then! T&F is a sport where the fans officiate.

    Thanks for the kind words.

  11. butch815 says: Mar 19, 2011 8:29 PM

    But it’s OK for unions to line the pockets of Democrats.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Mar 19, 2011 9:05 PM


    Of course it is. I wonder how much Pelosi, Reed and Obama were involved in the Fiesta Bowl mess.

  13. Deb says: Mar 20, 2011 12:56 AM

    Oh good grief … it was an interesting discussion until the two nuts weighed in with their political diatribe. thefiesty1, please stop being an ass, if that’s humanly possible for you. I would think you do enough union-slamming on the pro side that you could give it a rest here. You and butch there are free to worship at the altar of Big Business, Big Banking, and Wall Street morning, noon, and night. With luck, they’ll trickle all over you all the golden showers you deserve. But as long as we’re stuck with this stuff on PFT right now, for heaven’s sake, leave it out of here. 😡

  14. Deb says: Mar 20, 2011 12:59 AM

    @southernpatriots …

    Excellent posts, as always. Think of your sister often. Keeping her in my prayers. Please give her my best. I’m hoping she will turn the corner and be able to return to the keyboard. Is that possible?

  15. southernpatriots says: Mar 20, 2011 3:05 AM

    Deb: Thank you more than words can express, for your kindness and concern. Our sister is a fighter. She has that going for her. She is a strong Christian. She definitely has that going for her. Truly, she is the strongest amongst us all. We learned many years ago (about 1980, that all things were possible. I was diagnosed with throat and lymph cancer, though I never smoked, etc.).

    The doctors finally gave me a few weeks to live and here I am almost 30 years later with no cancer. My sister had a different kind of cancer earlier in her life and is a survivor from that. I hate to say it, but I think it is an environmental thing since we live in “cancer alley” along the lower Mississippi River. We know you are a great testimony of being a survivor! It means alot to have your support.

    My sister is determined to beat this again and to be a survivor again. We agree with her, so in answer to your kind inquiry, yes, she will come back to CFT and join us some time in the future, we just don’t know when at this time.

  16. WingT says: Mar 20, 2011 8:24 AM

    So much for keeping political views out of these posts , eh?

    I would write more right now but I have to get ready to go worship at the alter of Big Business.

  17. katanaguy says: Mar 20, 2011 9:46 AM

    After the 3rd yr is over, the FB will return to its roots-a Toilet Bowl, as it originally began.

    They deserve their fate.

  18. Deb says: Mar 20, 2011 12:53 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Faith has played a tremendous role in my life as well, so I look forward to her return to the keys. My father’s family grew up in North Alabama and each of them was struck by a different form of cancer. My aunt was diagnosed terminal at age 30 but is in her 70s now and even continues working. We’re a hardy bunch :)

    @WingT …

    Oh no! You will not lay that on me! Anyone capable of reading can see I did not introduce the topic, and I won’t discuss it on a college football board. If I were looking for that type interaction, I’d go to a political blog.

    PFT has been infested with pro-owner commenters that I’ve confirmed only registered once the players decertified. It’s bad enough that we have to combat hoards of paid shills and/or corporate plants to sincerely support our players. I don’t want to read more union bashing on a CFT thread about the Fiesta Bowl. Period.

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