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December 2004

69th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSIC IS A SELLOUT!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
The 69th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic, pitting Tennessee against Texas A&M on Saturday, Jan. 1, is officially a sellout.
“This just goes to show you what great fans Tennessee and Texas A&M have,” Gayle Earls, SBC Cotton Bowl Chairman, said. “We couldn’t be more excited about playing host to a sellout crowd of more than 72,000 Voluteers and Aggies on New Years Day.”
Tennessee officials announced today that the Volunteers have sold their entire 12,000-seat allotment.

GENERAL SALES TICKETS THROUGH SBC COTTON BOWL OFFICE ARE GONE!

Monday, December 6th, 2004
General sales tickets sold through the SBC Cotton Bowl office are sold out. Fans still interested in purchasing tickets to the 69th Classic can call the University of Tennessee ticket office at (800) 332-8657 or the Texas A&M ticket office at (888) 992-4443.
This year’s Classic will mark the second meeting between Tennessee and Texas A&M. The only other time these two teams have faced one another was on Dec. 28, 1957 in the Gator Bowl. The Vols won the game 3-0 in Bear Bryant’s final game as head coach at Texas A&M.

GENERAL SALES TICKETS SOLD THROUGH SBC COTTON BOWL OFFICE ARE GO

Sunday, December 5th, 2004
General sales tickets sold through the SBC Cotton Bowl office are sold out. Fan's still interested in purchasing tickets to the 69th Classic can call the University of Tennessee ticket office at (800) 332-8657 or the Texas A&M ticket office at (888) 992-4443.
This year’s Classic will mark the second meeting between Tennessee and Texas A&M. The only other time these two teams have faced one another was on Dec. 28, 1957 in the Gator Bowl. The Vols won the game 3-0 in Bear Bryant’s final game as head coach at Texas A&M.

TEXAS A&M AND TENNESSEE ACCEPT BID TO 69th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASS

Sunday, December 5th, 2004
DALLAS, Dec. 5, 2004 Ð Texas A&M University Director of Athletics Bill Byrne and Aggie head football coach Dennis Franchione accepted an invitation extended by bowl chairman Gayle Earls to the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic to face Tennessee on New Year’s Day.
“The SBC Cotton Bowl is ecstatic to have two tremendous teams so rich in tradition with such passionate fans in Tennessee and Texas A&M,” Earls said. “With the extraordinary talent on both rosters, January 1st is already setting up to be a Classic to remember.

November 2004

SBC COTTON BOWL TICKETS GOING FAST! PURCHASE TICKETS NOW ONLINE!

Monday, November 22nd, 2004
For the first time, the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic is offering fans the opportunity to purchase tickets online.
Click on the Game Tickets link found in the upper-right corner of the header, or go to Purchase Tickets under Box Office in the menu bar.
Tickets are $75, and parking is $15. If you prefer to purchase tickets via phone, please call our ticket office at (888) 792-BOWL.
Kickoff of the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic is slated for 10 a.m. on New Year's Day.

FIELD SCOVELL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION TO ESTABLISH SBC SCHOLARSHI

Monday, November 22nd, 2004
The Field Scovell Scholarship Foundation (FSSF) today announced that it will establish an annual SBC Scholarship for North Texas students in recognition of a $30,000 gift from the SBC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications. The SBC Scholarship, which will be no less than $2,000 annually, is the first “named” grant by the FSSF since the organization’s establishment in 1991.

The SBC Scholarship will enable the FSSF to increase its number of grants to North Texas high school graduates with leadership abilities, high personal character, demonstrated financial need, and a connection to sports.

THERE’S A NEW HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE Ã NATIONAL COLLEGE FOO

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
Move over Columbus Day, President’s Day and Groundhog DayÉmake room for another special holiday on the calendar Ð National College Football Day.
The SBC Cotton Bowl’s Board of Directors has declared November 6th as a national holiday. It’s our way of paying tribute to the great heritage and tradition of college football, of which the Cotton Bowl has been a part for 69 years.
Why November 6th?
Well, it was on that date, way back in 1869, that Rutgers and Princeton squared off in a contest that was destined to become an American institution.

COTTON BOWL BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTE TO RENAME MVP TROPHIES

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the renaming of the Most Valuable Player trophies on Tuesday in honor of the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic’s founder, J. Curtis Sanford, and longtime Team Selection Chairman, Felix McKnight.
The Offensive MVP trophy will now be known as “The Sanford Trophy”, while the Defensive MVP award will be named “The McKnight Trophy”.
In 1936, Sanford and McKnight combined efforts to create one of college football’s greatest traditionsÉthe SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.

May 2004

FIELD SCOVELL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP RECIP

Monday, May 17th, 2004
The Field Scovell Scholarship Foundation today announced the recipients of eight $2,000 grants that honor the memory of “Mr. Cotton Bowl” -- Field Scovell. The Scovell scholarship awards were presented during a reception on Monday, May 17, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
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.

COTTON BOWL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION LAUDS DALLAS COWBOYS’ FAI

Monday, May 3rd, 2004
The Dallas Cowboys and college football’s national championship game are one step closer to coming back home to Fair Park.
The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA) today praised the decision by the Dallas Cowboys to select Fair Park as their preferred location for a new all-weather stadium in Dallas County. The organization also called upon the Cowboys and the Dallas County Commissioners Court to complete negotiations quickly to enable a Nov. 2, 2004 vote, if necessary, on stadium financing.

April 2004

OLE MISS QUARTERBACK ELI MANNING BECOMES NFL’S TOP DRAFT P

Monday, April 26th, 2004
Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning has become the seventh player in SBC Cotton Bowl history to be selected as the No. 1 pick in the National Football League’s annual draft following his appearance in the New Year’s Day Classic.
NFL Commissioner Paul Taglibue made the announcement Saturday in New York shortly after the San Diego Chargers selected Manning as the draft’s top choice. Manning was traded shortly thereafter to the New York Giants.
In January, Manning led Ole Miss to a thrilling 31-28 victory over Oklahoma State in the 68th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.

Three Former Cotton Bowl Players and One Coach Among College Foo

Thursday, April 8th, 2004
The rich tradition surrounding the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic just got a bit richer after the College Football Hall of Fame unveiled its Class of 2004.
Arkansas great Wayne Harris (1961 Cotton Bowl), Penn State star Lydell Mitchell (1972 Cotton Bowl), Auburn star Tracy Rocker (1986 Cotton Bowl) and BYU legendary coach LaVell Edwards (1997 Cotton Bowl) are among the 12 players and two coaches headed for enshrinement in South Bend.
The 2004 College Football Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the 47th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec.

March 2004

GAYLE M. EARLS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF COTTON BOWL ATHLETIC ASSOCIAT

Thursday, March 18th, 2004
Dallas businessman Gayle M. Earls has been elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA), the sponsoring agency of the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic. Mr. Earls is completing his sixth year as an officer on the CBAA’s Executive Committee, and his eighth year overall as a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Earls becomes the CBAA’s 34th Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Fin Ewing III as the bowl's CEO. Ewing will remain on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chairman.

CBAA TO SEEK BCS BOWL AFFILIATION IF DALLAS COUNTY VOTERS ADOPT

Friday, March 12th, 2004
From the 1960s through the 1980s, Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl Classic hosted eight New Year’s Day college football games that determined the national championship. Those glory days could return for one of America’s original post-season bowl games if Dallas County voters approve a proposed stadium initiative this November.
The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA) today announced that the organization will seek Bowl Championship Series (BCS) affiliation for the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic pending voter approval Nov.

February 2004

APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR FIELD SCOVELL SCHOLARSHIPS

Sunday, February 15th, 2004
The Field Scovell Scholarship Foundation today issued a final call for applications for eight $2,000 grants benefiting North Texas high school graduates with leadership abilities, high personal character, demonstrated financial need and a connection to sports.
Scholarship recipients must continue their higher education in the state of Texas or at a Big 12 Conference or Southeastern Conference university -- the two conferences associated with the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.

Completed applications will be accepted through March 1, 2004.
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