Thursday, January 6th, 2011
LSU CLOSES OUT AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC PREPThe 11th-ranked LSU Tigers closed out their preparations for the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a light walk-through at Cowboys Stadium.
With the inside of the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys transforming into a complete AT&T Cotton Bowl look and feel highlighted in LSU and Texas A&M colors, the Tigers (10-2, 6-2 SEC), went through its final rehearsal to face the 17th-ranked Aggies (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) in the 50th meeting between the two programs in the Classic’s 75th edition.
“Our guys really enjoyed being here (at Cowboys Stadium),” head coach Les Miles said of his team’s practices this bowl week. “Our attention to detail has been very good. There is a real enthusiasm for the game that’s about to be played. Everything has gone extremely well.”
Making special appearances at LSU’s final walk-through were Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager Jerry Jones, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Jerry Jones, Jr. and newly-named Head Coach Jason Garrett. Jerry Jones addressed the team, offering words of encouragement to the entire LSU team, just hours after Jones formerly announced Garrett as the team’s permanent head coach.
“When Jerry Jones speaks, he has something to say,” said Miles. “His message was a very strong one. It was really wonderful to see all those guys from my background that came out. It was a great moment. Our team lit up to it.”
Earlier in the day, LSU enjoyed its final official social function of the bowl week at the AT&T Big Play Luncheon, which honored the participating teams, the 2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame Class and AT&T Cotton Bowl Art Contest winners. Tiger senior fullback Richard Dugas was also honored as the team’s scholar-athlete award recipient recognized by AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and Global Marketing Officer Catherine Coughlin.
Tonight, the Tigers will enjoy a quiet evening at their headquarters hotel to rest up for their Friday night showdown on the Cowboys Stadium turf in front of a national television audience.
“This facility calls you to play your best and calls you to make plays that are incredible because it’s fitting here,” said Miles.
Observing 75 years of college football tradition, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic moves into primetime under the lights on Friday, Jan. 7. Airtime on FOX Sports is 7:00 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:29 p.m. FOX Sports will have a blanket coverage of the broadcast with Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboy fullback Daryl Johnston calling the action from the booth, Charles Davis and John Lynch reporting from the sidelines, the legendary Pat Summerall serving in a new role as the Classic's essayist and Chris Rose hosting the telecast from the sidelines. Providing insight from an officiating perspective will be Mike Pereira, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL.
For the 19th consecutive year, the Classic will be heard around the world on the Westwood One Radio Network. Describing the action for Westwood One will be Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue.