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December 2016

Western Michigan Practice Notes From AT&T Stadium

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Spend any time around Western Michigan Head Coach P.J. Fleck and
you’re likely to hear about serving and giving being fundamental parts of the program’s values.

A few of his players demonstrated those values by coming to the aid of an injured man this week, a story that was shared with the rest of the players after their walk-through on Wednesday at AT&T Stadium.

The 15th-ranked Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) are preparing to meet No. 8 Wisconsin (10- 3, 7-2 Big Ten) on Jan.

Western Michigan Visits Children's Medical Center

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Western Michigan Head Coach PJ Fleck and the entire Broncos football team spent the afternoon sharing inspiration and “Row the Boat” motivation to patients at Children's Medical Center Dallas.

The team spent an hour signing autographs and making crafts with patients in the Butterfly Atrium. Coach Fleck and the seniors made personal visits to rooms throughout the hospital. He reflected on what the visit meant to him on a personal level, as he shared the story of how the battle cry of “Row the Boat” began.


Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Wisconsin was back on the practice field Wednesday morning for a nearly two-hour workout at AT&T Stadium.

The No. 8 Badgers (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) conducted a spirited practice session in helmets and pads that touched on all three phases of the team’s game plan to face the No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) in the 81st edition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

“It was a heavier work day. The kids approached it the right way. We got some work done so it was good,” said head coach Paul Chryst.


Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Wisconsin got back to work after a short holiday break Tuesday morning with its first practice at AT&T Stadium in preparation for the No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos and the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

“I thought the kids came out worked hard,” said head coach Paul Chryst. “It wasn’t a long practice but I thought it was good. I liked what they did.”
The No. 8 Badgers (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) got their first work in earnest in four days in helmets and shells, beginning the final phase of their game plan to take on an undefeated Western Michigan team.


Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Different location, similar results for Western Michigan and its effective practice habits.

The Broncos conducted their first on-site practice at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and it went a lot like the ones they’ve held back home in Kalamazoo, Mich. Coach P.J. Fleck described the 90-minute, high-energy session as “elite.”

Consistently generating high-level practices has helped propel the Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) to No.


Monday, December 26th, 2016

Wisconsin touched down safely in North Texas Monday evening, traveling from Madison via private charter, for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

All players and coaches were accounted for as the entire travel party arrived at their team hotel in Dallas. The Badgers exuded excitement in taking festive atmosphere at the hotel, while settling into their home away from home for the next seven days.

No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) clashes with No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) in a matchup that features two, first-time Cotton Bowl Classic participants.


Monday, December 26th, 2016

Western Michigan didn’t have to wait long to start enjoying some of the perks of participating in its first New Year’s Six bowl game.

The Broncos arrived Monday and deplaned to find waiting for them charter buses fully wrapped in colorful team photos, including a post-game celebration shot from their Mid-American Conference championship game. Later, it was on to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium, where the Broncos will meet Wisconsin on Jan.


Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Row the Boat vs. Bucky Badger... Mid-American Conference Champion vs. Big Ten West Division Champion... a battle with abundant storylines will ensue on Jan. 2nd as No. 15 ranked Western Michigan will face off against No. 8 Wisconsin in the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium.

The Broncos and Badgers will be making their first appearances at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and meet for only the fifth time in series history. All four meetings have occurred at Madison with Wisconsin holding a 3-1 advantage.

November 2016

Cotton Bowl Foundation Awards $200,000 in Grants to Support North Texas Youth Organizations in 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Cotton Bowl Foundation today announced $200,000 in grants to support Mercy Street, Café Momentum, Dallas Independent School District’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and the Top-20 elementary schools/programs that participated in the 20th anniversary of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Art Contest. 

The Cotton Bowl Foundation’s mission is to serve the communities associated with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic by supporting programs that improve opportunities for underserved youth.


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the Cotton Bowl Foundation today announced $100,000 in grants to Dallas Independent School District’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.  The Cotton Bowl Foundation will donate $50,000, with the College Football Playoff Foundation matching that dollar figure.

The Cotton Bowl Foundation’s gift ensures that all students at the school will have the opportunity to visit a college campus prior to graduating high school.

Pat Green to Perform at Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Fan Fest

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic announced today that Grammy-nominated Texas-country artist Pat Green will perform postgame as part of the Goodyear Huddle Up Fan Fest on January 2nd, 2017.

“The Party on the Plaza with Pat Green” is free with a Goodyear Cotton Bowl game ticket and will take place on the main stage in the Miller Lite Plaza (West Plaza) at AT&T Stadium. The show begins 20 minutes after the conclusion of the 81st Classic.

“When you think of Texas-country, you think of Pat Green, “ Rick Baker, President/CEO of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic said.

September 2016

North Texas Giving Day

Monday, September 19th, 2016

We are grateful to be part of our first ever North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 22. Your generous support during this one-day event offers friends like you a chance to give make a meaningful difference through the Cotton Bowl Foundation.

The Cotton Bowl Foundation aims to serve the communities associated with the Cotton Bowl Classic by supporting:

• Programs that improve opportunities for underserved youth in North Texas;
• Programs that benefit completing team’s community;
• Organizations with a legacy of contributing to the Cotton Bowl’s success; and
• Specific, timely needs that present a unique opportunity for CBF to demonstrate community leadership and responsiveness (EX: natural disasters).

August 2016


Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The 20th Annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest has begun and is now accepting entries from local young artists. All North Texas students in first through sixth grade are invited to participate. Art contest materials, including the illustration template, can be downloaded online at The deadline to mail in the illustrations is Friday, November 4th. The winners are determined by a select group of judges and notified by the end of November.

“For 20 years now we have enjoyed engaging with the younger sports fans in the Metroplex through our art contest,” Goodyear Cotton Bowl President Rick Baker said, “We hope that art teachers from across the North Texas community will encourage their students to participate.

July 2016

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Moving to Saturday Kickoffs in 2017

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is moving to Saturday beginning with the 2017 season.

The College Football Playoff announced today that the Classic will be played on three consecutive Saturdays starting on December 30, 2017, December 29, 2018, and December 28, 2019. The game in 2018 is a Playoff Semifinal. Game times will be announced at a later date.

“This is wonderful news for our game,” said Jay McAuley, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “Saturdays are tradition.

2016 Youth Clinic A Great Success

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic held its 7th annual youth football clinic on July 20th, as 350 kids from North Texas gathered at AT&T Stadium to learn offensive and defensive fundamentals from area high school and college coaches.

Special guests included the voice of the Dallas Cowboys and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Brad Sham, former No. 1 NFL draft pick and three-time Super Bowl Champion, and Cotton Bowl MVP Russell Maryland, as well as Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr.

All three spoke to the kids after camp activities ended.

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