Remember that “interesting” couple of months we were talking about?
Yup… Just call us “Nostradamus” (although, it should be noted, we’d have cut the whole “Tresselmania” thing off at the knees if we had a premonition).
So the latest shenanigans in college sports are pretty big- the Feds are investigating former coaches and players at the University of San Diego who may have been involved in gambling and point shaving. Yup, that’s a paddlin- while other programs are looking at sanctions and such, these folks are facing five years and $250,000. Good work, Toreros.
Elsewheres, the Irony Bowl continues in earnest with new allegations that a person connected to the Crimson Tide was “involved” in the recruitment of Brent Calloway. By “involved”, the story means “paying his family $2,500, driving him to campus visits in Tuscaloosa, sequestering him in Florida for two days prior to national signing day”. What makes this all the more intriguing is that Calloway was a ‘Bama commit who switched to the Auburn hat at the Army AA game, and then signed with Alabama on NLOID. Oh, and ‘Bama has found no wrongdoing in this matter.
The Poinsettia Bowl is entering it’s 6th year of existence after being formed in 2005 by the organizers of the Holiday Bowl. The game originally didn’t have much of a tie-in role, but eventually settled on selecting the second best non-BCS Mountain West team to face off against the fifth or sixth best Pacific 10 team. In the event that there isn’t a bowl eligible Pacific-10 team remaining, the Poinsettia bowl selects a WAC team instead.
Also interesting to note is that the Navy has an open agreement with the bowl game. The Middies automatically accepted invitations to the Poinsettia bowl for 2008, 2009 and 2010 if Navy managed to end the regular season with bowl eligibility. In 2008, Navy ended up playing in the EagleBank Bowl against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, however, in a game that they likely believed was more prestigious. Navy has made this deal with the Poinsettia bowl for obvious reasons – San Diego is home to a major naval base and Navy would draw a big fan base for the game.
The Poinsettia Bowl also made such an agreement with the Army Black Knights for the 2006 season, but Army was unable to become bowl eligible that year.