Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Cotton Trying to Add Neutral Site Games

Cotton Bowl officials, having secured the Texas-Oklahoma game through 2010, have recently talked with about two dozen other teams about bringing neutral site games to the 76-year-old facility, among them Louisiana State, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. State Fair president Errol McKoy also said he has talked with ESPN and Fox Sports about televising weeknight games and that the networks appear interested. Louisiana State officials said the talks with the Cotton Bowl had the Tigers likely playing a Big 12 opponent. Louisiana State in turn wanted to play Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish reportedly were not interested. All this after Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White said last week that the team — with the addition of the 12th game — would likely schedule one game at a neutral site. But it appears the Irish want to avoid games against top-flight teams and instead want to load up on carbs, so to speak. This cupcake stance isn't going over well with some Notre Dame fans (some registration).

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