The Fiesta Bowl just fired its CEO John Junker and rightfully so. After a lengthy investigation, the NCAA discovered that Junker had illegally given money to politicians, spent thousands having “business” meetings at strip clubs, had a birthday party at Pebble Beach with a price tag of $50,000, and put money in savings for his grandchildrens’ college fund. None of this was his own money-it was the Fiesta Bowl’s.

As the BCS is studying the situation with the Fiesta Bowl, they may have a much bigger problem on their hands, this being the tip of the iceberg. It seems like there could be some violations with almost all of the BCS bowl games. The Sugar Bowl’s CEO Paul Hoolahan makes a $645,000 salary. That’s more than the top three Rose Bowl executives combined. The Orange Bowl paid for a cruise that went around the Caribbean. It was for executives and their families only. Suspicious?

With all of these issues in the BCS, there may be a need to replace the bowls with violations with non-BCS bowls. Although the BCS probably won’t replace the bowl games, some possible options are: the Cotton Bowl, the Chic-Fil-A Bowl, the Capitol One Bowl, the Hawaii Bowl, and the Texas Bowl.

Of these choices, I think the Cotton Bowl is the best. Some of the best college football games of all time were played in this bowl. Some great contests include the 1979 edition known as the Chicken Soup Game, where Notre Dame and Joe Montana beat the University of Houston by leading the Irish down the field to a last second victory. Another great game is the 1970 Cotton Bowl when the Texas Longhorns came from behind to beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and win the National Championship. Today, the Cotton Bowl takes place in Cowboys Stadium, which is a football palace. Plus, Dallas has already shown it can support a large event like a Super Bowl. The only problem is that the Cotton Bowl has a contract with CBS, while the BCS has a deal with ESPN. So if the BCS wants to go to the great state of Texas, the Texas Bowl plays in a big stadium, Reliant Stadium, and in Houston, which is the tenth largest media market in the nation.

I don’t like the idea of making the Chic-Fil-A Bowl or the Capitol One Bowl a BCS game. Already two of the four are in SEC country (the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl are in the South, while the Rose Bowl is in Pasadena, and the Fiesta Bowl is in Phoenix) so adding another one seems a bit lop-sided.

The BCS will probably look at the Hawaii Bowl as a way to make money by tourism, but honestly it doesn’t seem like a good idea. Aloha Stadium is pretty cruddy, and it would be a pain for everyone to have to travel so far. Other than financial reasons, this one seems like bad idea.

The BCS is very corrupt, and with the end of an exciting March Madness, (with the exception of the championship, ugh…) my dreams of a college football playoff are stronger than ever. The system needs to change, or pretty soon, the Meinkeke Car Bowl will be hosting a National Championship.



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