According to the SBJ, Orange Bowl organizers have taken suites at each of the team hotels and stocked them with Sony electronics products, giving players a $300 credit line to enter and take whatever they want.
Players in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl will be given a Wii system bundle package. At the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, University of Kentucky players will be given a Pure Digital Flip mini-camcorder, Fossil watch, Fossil sunglasses and an Armor Gear backpack.
The NCAA allows bowls to give up to $500 in gifts to 125 participants per school. A couple of years ago at the Orange Bowl, organizers wanted to give players $300 in cash, but Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino turned it down, saying the last thing he needed was to turn a team of football players loose in Miami with $300 bucks to spend.
Several bowls are giving high-dollar gift cards to BestBuy.
The whole thing, of course, is yet another reason why this whole bowl arrangement is ridiculous. Maybe it’s what coaches are talking about when they talk about bowls being “rewards” for players. But do we really need to see the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl just so some players can get an I-pod Touch and a Sport-Tek hoodie?