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May 2002

COTTON BOWL GREATS SELECTED FOR INDUCTION INTO COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tuesday, May 7th, 2002
University of Pittsburgh quarterback Dan Marino , Texas offensive tackle Jerry Sisemore and Ohio State coach Earle Bruce were among 13 players and two coaches selected for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Marino quarterbacked the Panthers from 1979-82, including a trip to the 1983 Cotton Bowl Classic. Pittsburgh fell to the SMU Mustangs 7-3.
Sisemore anchored the Longhorn offensive line from the 1970-72 seasons. He helped lead Texas to three Cotton Bowl trips from 1971-1973.

April 2002

TICKETS FOR 67th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSIC ARE NOW ON SALE

Tuesday, April 16th, 2002
DALLAS - Now's the time to purchase your tickets for the 2003 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic. Order your tickets before July 1 and take 20 percent off the regular ticket price.
For $60, you can have a VIP seat in the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on New Year's Day. After July 1, the price goes up to $75. Take advantage of this money saving offer and call the SBC Cotton Bowl Ticket Office today at 214-638-BOWL or at 1-888-792-BOWL.

SBC Cotton Bowl Legend, Ex-Supreme Court Justice Byron White Die

Monday, April 15th, 2002
Retired Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White, a football legend, who spent three decades on the nation’s highest court, died Monday. He was 84.
The name Byron Raymond White will forever be associated with the SBC Cotton Bowl. A celebrated college and professional athlete, White was poetry in motion. So gifted, he was dubbed in the media as “Whizzer” White, a nickname he quickly grew to detest.
When questioned about the spelling of his pet name, White’s associates were instructed to reply “B-Y-R-O-N.

SBC COTTON BOWL EXTENDS BIG 12 AND SEC CONTRACTS,|ADDS NOTRE DAM

Wednesday, April 10th, 2002
DALLAS - The SBC Cotton Bowl Classic today announced a new four-year agreement to extend its partnership with the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference through January 1, 2006. The deal includes a one-time option to select Notre Dame or a Big East team as the Big 12 opponent.
With a sellout, the bowl’s projected payout also will increase by a half million dollars over previous years to $3 million per team. This increase makes the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic the second highest paying bowl outside of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

FIN EWING III ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF COTTON BOWL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATI

Tuesday, April 9th, 2002
DALLAS -- Dallas businessman S. Finley Ewing III 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. Ewing is completing his sixth year as an officer on the CBAA’s Executive Committee, and his 11th year overall as a member of the Board of Directors.
Ewing becomes the CBAA’s 33rd Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Fred McClure as the bowl's CEO. McClure will remain on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chairman.

January 2002

OKLAHOMA HALTS ARKANSAS, 10-3, IN THE 66TH SBC COTTON BOWL CLASS

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002
DALLAS, Texas, January 1, 2002 Ð Defending national champion Oklahoma removed all the trickery from Arkansas’ slippery two-quarterback offense Tuesday in the 66th Cotton Bowl Classic, punching out a school record-tying nine sacks en route to a 10-3 victory before an overflow crowd of 72,955.
“They threw a lot of offense at us, with the two-headed quarterback [Zac Clark and Matt Jones] that we’d heard about for a month,” Sooner Coach Bob Stoops said after Oklahoma’s first ever SBC Cotton Bowl Classic appearance.

SBC Cotton Bowl Records

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002
SBC Cotton Bowl Records Tied or Broken
The nine sacks by Oklahoma tied the record set in 1991 by Miami against Texas.
Nate Hybl’s 24 completions for the Sooners surpassed the previous record of 21 held by Navy’s Roger Staubach (1964) and BYU’s Steve Sarkisian (1997). His 32 attempts ties him for fourth place.
The 50 yards of total offense by Arkansas was the third-fewest yards of total offense in history. Only Tennessee (32 yards vs. Texas in 1953) and Arkansas (42 yards vs.

ARKANSAS POST-GAME QUOTES

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002
HEAD COACH HOUSTON NUTT
On Oklahoma’s defense: “Obviously, they’re very, very talented, very fast. They gave us a lot of problems today. They’re so fast that they would get us behind the count. It’s really hard to call a good game when you’re behind in the count like that. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit. There were just no weaknesses.”
“We made mention before we knew that they were going to be one of the finest defenses that we’ve played.

OKLAHOMA POST-GAME QUOTES

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002
OKLAHOMA COACH BOB STOOPS:
(On OU defense)
“Just amazing. To keep someone to 13 yards passing, I don’t care who you’re playing. To complete two footballs in a college football game today. They threw a lot of offense at us, the two-headed quarterback we’ve heard about for a month.
Defensively (we) may have outperformed what (we) did a year ago. To play two bowl games the last two years, against two very good teams, and keep them out of the end zone, is hard to do.

Arkansas falls 10-3 to Oklahoma in the 2002 SBC Cotton Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002
Game Time Conditions: 35 degrees, winds from NW 5-7 mph
Game Captains:
Oklahoma--#3 Josh Norman , #63 Frank Romero
Arkansas--#55 Carlos Hall, #57 Kenny Sandlin, #66 La’Zerius White, #94 Curt Davis
Attendance: 72, 955 was the most since the 1992 (73,728) Cotton Bowl.
Outstanding Offensive Player: Quentin Griffin, University of Oklahoma
Outstanding Defensive Player: Roy Williams, University of Oklahoma
The 2002 SBC Cotton Bowl has the distinction of having the earliest start time in Cotton Bowl history.

Oklahoma wins 10-3 over Arkansas in 2002 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic

Tuesday, January 1st, 2002
Game Time Conditions: 35 degrees, winds from NW 5-7 mph
Game Captains:
Oklahoma--#3 Josh Norman , #63 Frank Romero
Arkansas--#55 Carlos Hall, #57 Kenny Sandlin, #66 La’Zerius White, #94 Curt Davis.
Attendance: 72,955 was the most since the 1992 (73,728) Cotton Bowl.
Outstanding Offensive Player: Quentin Griffin, University of Oklahoma
Outstanding Defensive Player: Roy Williams, University of Oklahoma
Wes Sims made his first start since Oct. 27 vs. Baylor.

December 2001

SOONERS BRING SMILES TO KIDS AT HOSPITAL|OU Center Vince Car

Thursday, December 27th, 2001
DALLAS – The No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners took a break out of their preparations for the 66th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic to visit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas on Thursday afternoon. Head Coach Bob Stoops and the entire Sooner squad met with approximately 150 children at the hospital. The players signed autographs, distributed toys donated by Bank of America and t-shirts donated by SBC and the Dr Pepper Bottling Company. Dr Pepper also donated beverages for the party.
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THE 66th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSIC IS A SELL OUT!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2001
DALLAS, Dec. 11, 2001 Ð Less than two days after Selection Sunday and it’s Sold Out Tuesday! The 66th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic, pitting Arkansas against Oklahoma on New Year’s Day, was officially declared a sellout.
“We knew that Oklahoma and Arkansas would bring huge crowds, but tickets went even faster that we could have expected,” Fred McClure, SBC Cotton Bowl Chairman, said. “The stadium will definitely be a sea of red, and we’re thrilled to have the Sooners and the Razorbacks coming to Dallas.

OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS TO BATTLE|IN 66th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSIC

Sunday, December 9th, 2001
It will be “Boomer Sooner” versus “Pig Sooie” in Big D. The crimson and cream of Oklahoma will clash with the cardinal and white of Arkansas at the 66th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year’s Day.
Fred McClure, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, extended the invitation Sunday afternoon to Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. OU is making its first trip to the SBC Cotton Bowl after accepting the Cotton Bowl’s invitation on Dec. 3.
“The SBC Cotton Bowl is thrilled to bring two of the nation’s most prominent football programs to Dallas to play in one of the most storied bowls in America,” McClure said.

May 2001

Cotton Bowl Inducts 2001 Hall of Fame Class

Saturday, May 5th, 2001
DALLAS Ð Seven individuals who helped shape the Cotton Bowl and college football history were inducted into the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame on May 15.
Southwestern Bell and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association announced the Class of 2001 on April 12. The inductees include Texas tackle Scott Appleton, Syracuse halfback Ernie Davis, Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland, Clemson and Rice coach Jess Neely, Arkansas defensive tackle Loyd Phillips, Texas split end Charles “Cotton” Speyrer, and Houston coach Bill Yeoman.
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