That's Phil Knight of Nike in the middle of the Oregon's cheerleaders after Tuesday night's Holiday Bowl. We also had a couple of other shots sent our way, including two of Erin Andrews. But you'll have to click the jump to check them out.
Can you name this coach by his footwear? You get one guess on this one. He's wearing Nikes and this photo taken by Danny Moloshok of the Associated Press during preparations for a bowl game. The answer is after the jump.
"Both Papa John's stands in one end zone temporarily ran out of pizza before halftime. Sodas also were sold out at one stand, where some fans lined up with three minutes left in the second quarter and finally got their slices seven minutes into the third quarter.
"A Papa John's official estimated the company probably lost $2,000 by being unable to make halftime sales."
Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami granted a transfer request by
Robert Marve, but the quarterback's father is upset with terms of the
release, which prohibits the player from transferring to another team in Florida or teams from the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences. "This has gone to a personal attack against my son, and it will not go
without challenge," Eugene Marve said. "This is a shameful day that
[Randy] Shannon has brought to the University of Miami.
Edwin Quarles, Lufkin Daily News: Jamarkus McFarland, the prep defensive tackle from Lufkin, Texas, talks about having his recruiting story detailed by the New York Times. "It's not something I regret but what I don't like is how people have responded to the story."
Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Joe Paterno said he will be in the coaches' booth for the Rose Bowl. "I don't think I could handle 3 1/2 hours, 4 hours on the sideline," the Penn State coach said.
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Texas' Mack Brown, a long-time advocate of a playoff, said the plus-one postseason model — essentially a seeded four-team playoff — is not the solution to the lack of a playoff system.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's athletic department is looking for ways to cut expenses, including the possibility of layoffs.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Notre Dame continues to be a ratings hit. Approximately 3 million households saw the Fighting Irish defeat Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, record viewership for the seven-year-old game.
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Texas' Mack Brown was critical of a New York Times story on the recruitment of defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland, who committed to Oklahoma over the Longhorns. Brown said the author, Thayer Evans, "has an agenda, in my mind, against Texas." Evans responded, "The article speaks for itself. We will continue to follow the story." Click here for the link to the Times' story.
Dana Beyerle, Tuscaloosa News: The state Attorney General’s office is looking into alleged contact involving Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith and an agent. Alabama has a sports agent law requiring certain actions by agents.
Troy Phillips, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, featuring Air Force and Houston, is nearly sold out.
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star: What's to celebrate? Missouri ended the season with an overtime victory over an inferior opponent inside a half-empty stadium. Shouldn't Tiger fans have expected more?
It has been said that a way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So when somebody got the bright idea in 2006 create the Pizza Bowl, it seemed like a natural.
Face it, there's no better combination than football, pizza and beer.
But they forgot two ingredients at the inaugural event featuring South Florida and East Carolina — pizza and beer. That's right, Papa John's and the vendor couldn't work out a deal before kickoff so no pizza at the Pizza Bowl. And because the Smithfield community around Legion Field in Birmingham is a bit on the tough side, no chain would consider delivering a pie into the stadium.
That didn't go over well, especially when the concession stands ran out of beer early in the game.
Year Two was better. The ESPN-sponsored game featuring Southern Mississippi and Cincinnati drew an "announced" 35,258, and if you were lucky enough, you scored one of those souvenir T-shirts with "Cincinnatti" mis-spelled. But we're happy to report that Year Three of the event had few problems, according to Greg, our correspondent on the scene. Greg filed his usual collection of photos from Sunday night's pep rallies and Monday's game between North Carolina State and Rutgers, so if you dare to experience Pizza Bowl 2008, give a click to see what came down. They even correctly spelled the names of the teams in this year's game.