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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 10, 1999, Darmstadt, HessePage 10 stars and stripes timeout Friday december 10, 1999 Wisconsin Stanford delay the inevitable for Rose bowl other leagues soon will infringe on Pasadena by John Akers san Jose Mercury news san Jose a Rose bowl by any other arrange ment will either be a tremendous shot in the Arm As executive director Jack French said or a Jolt to the senses. After All this nation has entered the past 53 new years secure in the knowledge that a pacify ic-10 conference team would play a big ten con Ference team at 2 . In the Rose bowl the grand daddy of them All on the Sun drenched Arroyo that 54 seasons in a Row. The Stanford wis Consin matchup will postpone the inevitable for another year probably two but someday soon outsiders from the Southeastern Atlantic coast big 12 or big East conferences will enter the most exclusive club in College football. We Don t look Forward to it said Tom Hansen the Pac-10 commissioner. But it s a world of super mergers that we live in. The Pac-10, big ten and Rose bowl reluctantly agreed two years ago to suspend tradition every fourth year maybe More toward the Pursuit of a National championship game that would t involve what they believed would be a bowl killing playoff. According to its agreement with the bowl championship series which governs the annual title game the Rose bowl will Host the National championship game every four years beginning in 2002. If the Pac-10 Champion does not qualify for that game in 2002, it will be sent to the fiesta bowl in Tempe Ariz. In other seasons the Rose bowl will remain a contest Between the big ten and Pac-10 champs unless one or both qualifies for the title game. Then the Rose bowl can choose from among eligible at Large teams. In most cases that would still be a Pac-10 or big ten runner up. For example if Penn state a bus title game contender at 9-0, had won out rather than lost its final three games French said the Rose bowl prob ably would have selected Wisconsin. When the Rose bowl nearly lost Pac-10 Champion Urcla last season to the bus title game at the fiesta bowl it was prepared to select Pac-10 runner up Arizona. It was those seasons that big ten and Pac-10 teams were denied a Chance to play for the title that pushed the two conferences the Rose bowl and the bus toward a Compromise solution. Arizona state s shot at the 1996 title collapsed with a Rose bowl loss to Ohio state but who can say How the Sun devils might have fared in a head to head matchup with Florida no. 2 Penn state finished 12-0 in 1994 but never had a shot at playing no. 1 Nebraska for the title. The big ten schools in particular believed they were losing a recruiting advantage by not being allowed to play for a title. The Pac-10 was tired of being portrayed As an impediment to Progress. French feared one or both would opt out of their contracts after 2001.the wheels of change were in motion steered by a Man who has attended or watched every Rose bowl since the 1946 game Between us and Ala Bama the last one involving a non big ten team. Following the negotiations that led to the Rose bowl s ties with the bus French might get to watch the Crimson tide play there again sometimes you do what s Best for College foot Ball at the time said French who has warmed tothe idea of a Rose bowl that might include a ten Nessee or a Florida state. We Felt the risk was playoff or the beginning of a playoff and essentially the Rose bowl becomes a quarterfinal Gam that s maybe not Between the Pac-10 and big ten Champion. It would be the beginning of the the Long run it s business. Sometimes you hold your nose and do what you have to fans who Haven t been to Pasadena since their indians played in the 1972 Rose Bow will notice some changes. The game now has a presenting sponsor at to. Stadium seating has been reduced from More than 100,000 seats to about 93,000. Since the Rose bowl won t figure in this season s title race French said he is Happy to Host a Stan Ford team that has t been to the Rose bowl in 28 seasons. He became even More hospitable when the Cardinal finished its season with a Victory Over notre sure did t want a 6-5 or 7-4 team he said but 8-3 is suffering through its worst season As a conference since 1983, most in the Pac-10 believe they will be sending a top ranked team to the Rose bowl again by next season. Less than a year ago Urcla was playing for no. 1," Hansen said. I think we tend to get involved with the immediacy of the the Tough no conference Road games will be played at Pac-10 stadiums next season. Potential stars such As us quarterback Carson Palmer and Urcla running Back Deshaun Foster should be healthy again. Even after that 83 season the Pac-10 bounced Back in 1984 to win three Jan. 1 bowl games. But some problems must be addressed. Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham has said he Hopes the Pac-10 will reconsider a policy that unlike most major conferences permits training table meals Only during the season. Defences must improve nine Pac-10 teams in 1992 allowed fewer Yards of total offence than what conference leading Cal gave up this season. Willingham said he believes spread offences and 85-Man scholarship limits will begin affecting other conferences believe in a sense we re the forerunners of what s going to take place across the country Willingham said. It is going to be More competitive week to week with conference races As other leagues become offensive minded like our Confer ence is and titles will change year to Stanford played in the nation s first bowl game against Michigan when it was added to the tournament of roses lineup in 1902. The game was a Flop that ended eight minutes Early with Michigan leading 49-0, and was replaced by Chariot races until 1916. Brown travelled across country three weeks by train to play in the 1916 game. A new stadium was built in 1922 and has been the site of every Rose bowl but one since then. The game was moved to Durham n.c., in 1942, under the threat of a japanese invasion on the West 1947, the Pac-10 and big ten agreed to a Rose bowl pact and 10 years later it was televised for the first time. The Rose bowl still holds nine of the top to ratings in bowl history All of them a 30 or better during the 1950s and 1960s. The 1956 game Between Urcla and Michigan state Drew a record 41.1 rating. Those ratings came at a time when each conference allowed Only one team to play in a bowl and there were no other games to compete with were four games on to and that was it recalled Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez. You started with the Cotton and went to the sugar Rose and Orange and that was it. The biggest of them All was the Rose remember the attitude and feeling i took into my first time at the Rose bowl As an assistant at Iowa in 1982there s no better feeling in the world than taking the Field at Rose bowl at dusk. There s no better venue in football. I get chills even thinking about bowl scene became cluttered in the 1970s and More competitive with alliances and coalition that sought a National title game during the 1990s. Yet the Rose bowl annually watched by More than 110 million viewers in 90 countries has drawn one of the top two ratings among Bow games every year during the 1990s. During this decade when even a championship game fails to draw a 20 rating Rose bowls have drawn from an 11.3 rating to a 19.2."it s still the bowl you dream about playing in As a Little kid said Stanford wide receiver Troy Walters. It s still the Granddaddy of them the associated press despite being a Heisman finalist quarterback Chad Pennington had trouble getting Marshall s Point across to the helped quiet Marshall s Thunder by Bill Koch the Cincinnati Post Cincinnati the suits who run College football Are puffing on cigars patting each other on the Back for a Job Well done an passing congratulations around the plugging the numbers into the bowl championship series computer they be got themselves two genuine undefeated teams poised to play in the sugar bowl on Jan. 4 to decide the National championship. And really in t that what everybody wanted All along just one prob Lem. What about the third undefeated team that would be Marshall 12-0 and Champion of the mid american conference. But As far As the major College football Powers Are concerned being a member of the Mac is a contagious disease. They Don t want to be anywhere near a Mac school in january not i there s a National championship on the Marshall will be shipped off to Detroit to play 8-3 Brigham Young in the motor City bowl on dec. 27. What s at stake is essentially nothing but it beats the alternative which is to stay Home and not play in a bowl game at ask the Miami re Hawks How that the thundering Herd had not staged a furious second half comeback to beat Western Michi Gan in the Mac championship game their Reward for such a Fine season like the 10-1redhawks a year ago would have been a team meeting to turn in their that s what s wrong with the bus there should be Moreto a National championship than just settling on a no 1 is. No. 2for a so called title game before we reach that hallowed round there should be a Little sifting to determine whether no.1 is really no. 1 and whether no. 2 is really no. 2. That sifting should occur on the Field. Look at it this Way if it were up to a computer in College basketball would Gonzaga have played in the Mcaa tournament elite eight last year would Miami of Ohio have been afforded the Chance to play Kentucky in the Sweet 16? eventually were stopped before they reached the final four but at least they were eliminated on the court. Why can t a College football team like Marshall this year or Tulane the conference Usa Champion that finished last season undefeated be granted the same Opportunity who knows it might even be , which finished 12th in the bus was done in by a weak schedule that ranked Only 93rd in the nation. That was More than enough to cancel out the undefeated record. Its bus standing was just a notch below its no. 11 ranking in both major wire service polls. So the Case could be made that the bus worked perfectly. It allowed Virginia tech hardly a perennial football Power to secure a spot in the National title game even though its schedule was ranked a rather paltry 53rd. But what if Virginia tech played in the Mac instead of the big East that perfect record would have been meaningless. The homies would be right Down there with Marshall left to won Der How they would do if they got the Chance to play Florida state or limits have pre vented the big football schools from stockpiling Talent the Way they did bringing some parity to the game at least during the regular season. But when it comes to the postseason the chips remain stacked in favor of the Power , if a team goes through an entire season without losing a game it should have a Chance to play for something larger than league championship or a mean ingless bowl most entertaining College football game i be seen All season was last Friday night s Mac championship game. Marshall comeback from a 20-0 halftime deficit and its final game win Ning drive were riveting. Could Marshall hold its own against Florida state or Virginia tech maybe not. But i d definitely tune in to find out

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