- Northern Illinois took a party of 434 to the Poinsettia Bowl. The bill came to $916,800. The school's share of the payout was $598,901, leaving a deficit of $317,898.
- Ohio's appearance in the GMAC Bowl resulted in a $277,550 deficit. The university dipped into general reserve funds to pay the tab, weeks after the school dropped track, swimming and lacrosse. Funding those sports cost less than $200,000 annually.
- Texas A&M racked up a deficit of $489,978 for its appearance in the Holiday Bowl.
- Florida and Ohio State ran up more than $5 million in expenses at last season's Bowl Championship Series title game, finishing with a combined deficit of more than $600,000.
But longtime observers of college sport said the lack of control by university administrations has allowed bowl games to become the ultimate college party and, it seems, everyone is invited.
"It's out of control. There's no cost containment," said Murray Sperber, the former chairman of the Drake Group, a national faculty committee pushing for college sports reform. "The trustees, the administration are along for the ride. The same administrators that are supposed to be watching over this are right there on the charter planes to the bowl."
The profitability of the bowls and not wanting to give up control probably mean no future playoff in Division I. Just consider that those who run the bowls are getting rich quick. And how Florida ran up its big deficit at last season's BCS title game.