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December 2005

ALABAMA GETS FIRST SHOT AT BEEF BOWL

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
Players from the University of Alabama were the first to compete in the annual Beef Bowl, held at Lawry's Prime Rib.
Student-athletes from both teams will compete to see who can eat the most prime rib, and the winner will be announced later in the week. Texas Tech will compete in the Beef Bowl on Thursday.
The Lawry's Beef Bowl is one of the events leading up to the 70th annual Cotton Bowl Classic, which will be held on Jan. 2, 2006.

TEXAS TECH MEDIA DAY

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
COACH MIKE LEACH

On being in the Cotton Bowl:

“We’re excited to be at the AT&T Cotton Bowl. It’s certainly a thrill for any school from the state of Texas, any players from Texas or anybody who even has a pulse and watches football because of the storied tradition of this bowl game. All right, that’s the best opening statement I’ve done in quite some time.”

On letting more players speak with the media than usual:

“What they might say has really never been one of my fears.

ALABAMA MEDIA DAY

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
HEAD COACH MIKE SHULA

Opening Comments:

“We are excited to be here in Dallas. I’m happy to say that everyone arrived safely last night. The Cotton Bowl has had a great tradition and maybe more importantly a great reputation amongst college football programs and college football coaches. I can see why. The hospitality has been great since we’ve been here.

“We are looking forward to this week. It seems like it has been a long time since we played, because it has.

AT&T ERA USHERED IN WITH NEW BANNER

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
The new AT&T era as title sponsor of the Cotton Bowl Classic kicked off on Sunday as workers raised a new banner over Gate 2 of the stadium.
The AT&T Cotton Bowl replaces the SBC Cotton Bowl name, which has been in place since 2002. SBC Communications adopted the AT&T name after the two companies officially merged in November.
Final preparations are underway for the arrival of Texas Tech and Alabama, including the installation of new signage throughout the stadium.
Limited game tickets for the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic still can be purchased at www.

IT'S OFFICIAL: TEXAS TECH VS. ALABAMA IN THE 70th AT&T COTTON BO

Sunday, December 4th, 2005
Texas Tech can turn heads with its high-octane top-ranked Big 12 offense. Alabama is known the nation over for the SEC’s No. 1 defense. Something has to give come January 2nd at the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
The Red Raiders and Crimson Tide formally accepted an invitation extended by bowl chairman Gayle M. Earls on Sunday to the 70th Classic.
“The AT&T Cotton Bowl is ecstatic to have two tremendous teams with such passionate fans in Texas Tech and Alabama,” Earls said.

November 2005

SAME GAME, NEW NAME: AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
With origins dating back to Sammy Baugh and Alexander Graham Bell, The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA) and AT&T Inc. today announced that Dallas’ annual New Year’s football game will be renamed the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, effective immediately for the Jan. 2, 2006 contest. The CBAA and AT&T today also unveiled the official new logo to be used in the 70th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
The AT&T Cotton Bowl replaces the SBC Cotton Bowl name, which has been in place since 2002.

JIM RAY SMITH IS NAMED A CLEVELAND BROWNS LEGEND

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
A major celebration is set to take place this weekend in the State of Ohio when the “Class of 2005” will be inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends.
Jim Ray Smith, a member of the SBC Cotton Bowl’s Board of Directors, is one of four players who will be honored during Sunday’s game with the Miami Dolphins as part of the Browns’ alumni weekend.
Those to be inducted along with Smith are quarterback Frank Ryan, who played for Rice in the 1958 Cotton Bowl Classic, defensive tackle Jerry Sherk, and cornerback Frank Minnifield.

October 2005

SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSIC TEAMS UP WITH THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDA

Monday, October 31st, 2005
The holiday season is about to kick off, and it starts with National College Football DayÉ a holiday created by the SBC Cotton Bowl to commemorate the birth of college football. This second-annual celebration will be observed on Saturday, Nov. 5th.
National College Football Day takes on added significance this year. The SBC Cotton Bowl has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to increase awareness about prostate cancer, a disease that strikes one in every six American men.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), based in Santa Monica, Calif.

July 2005

SBC COTTON BOWL EXTENDS SEC CONTRACT

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
The SBC Cotton Bowl Classic today announced a new agreement to extend its partnership with the Southeastern Conference through Jan. 1, 2010.
“We’re excited that we’ve reached an agreement in principle to continue our partnership with the SEC,” said Rick Baker, President, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “There are some minor details to iron out, but the heavy lifting is done. We’re thrilled that the SEC and its great fans are coming back to Dallas.”
The SEC partnership with the SBC Cotton Bowl began in the fall of 1998.

SBC COTTON BOWL EXTENDS BIG 12 CONTRACT

Friday, July 15th, 2005
The SBC Cotton Bowl Classic today announced a new four-year agreement to extend its partnership with the Big 12 Conference through Jan. 1, 2010.
“Our agreement ensures that the SBC Cotton Bowl will feature one of the nation’s top teams from one of college football’s strongest conferences,” said Gayle Earls, Chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “We’ve had a great partnership with the Big 12 since the conference’s inception in 1996, and we look forward to continuing our relationship into the next decade.

June 2005

SBC COTTON BOWL ANNOUNCES STRONG ADVANCED TICKET SALES

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
Less than 8,000 tickets remain as for July 6 for the January 2 game featuring teams from the Big 12 Conference and Southeastern Conference.
Reserved seats for the 2006 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic are $80 and $40.
To purchase tickets, call 1-888-792-BOWL or go click on the Box Office link under the menu bar.

SBC COTTON BOWL ANNOUNCES STRONG ADVANCED TICKET SALES

Monday, June 6th, 2005
Fans planning to attend the 2006 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic have until Tuesday, July 5 to take advantage of a discounted ticket purchase program. As of Tuesday, June 28, less than 8,000 tickets remain for the January 2 game featuring teams from the Big 12 Conference and Southeastern Conference.
Reserved seats purchased prior to July 5 for the 2006 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic are $60 and $40. The reserved seat ticket goes up to $80 in price after the close of business at 4 p.m. CST on July 5.
“The Big 12-SEC match-up ensures fans that they will see two attractive teams on January 2,” said Gayle Earls, chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL LOSES LEGEND

Monday, June 6th, 2005
Banks McFadden, an All-American halfback for Clemson in 1939 and the 1940 Cotton Bowl MVP, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was 88.
McFadden, a College Football Hall of Famer who was also a star on the Tigers' basketball team, is generally regarded one of the greatest athletes in Clemson history.
The school's football building is named for him and he was part of the first class inducted into the Ring of Honor, his name high up at football's Death Valley stadium.
McFadden led Clemson to a 9-1 record in 1939 and the school's first bowl bid, a 6-3 victory over Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl.

May 2005

2005 FIELD SCOVELL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS HONORED AT AWARDS BANQUET

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
The Field Scovell Scholarship Foundation (FSSF) honored the 2005 scholarship winners at an awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency on Monday evening.
The 10 recipients each received $2,000 college grants that honor the memory of “Mr. Cotton Bowl” -- Field Scovell.
Scovell Scholarships are open to all North Texas high school graduates with strong leadership qualities, high moral character, demonstrated financial need and a connection to sports.
Recipients must continue their education in the State of Texas or at a Big 12 Conference or Southeastern Conference university Ð the two conferences associated with the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.

April 2005

SBC COTTON BOWL INDUCTS EIGHT LEGENDS INTO HALL OF FAME

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
DALLAS Ð Eight individuals who helped shape the tradition of the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic and college football history were inducted today into the SBC Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in front of an overflowing crowd in Fair Park.
SBC Communications, Inc., and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association honored the “Class of 2005” on the steps of the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park. The inductees included UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, Arkansas halfback Lance Alworth, former CBAA executive director Jim “Hoss” Brock, Texas offensive guard Mike Dean, Tennessee fullback Andy Kozar, Tennessee tailback Hank Lauricella, Penn State running back Lydell Mitchell, and former Texas A&M head coach Gene Stallings.
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