College Football’s National Championship Coming to North Texas

2009 Cotton Bowl Classic

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
College Football’s National Championship Coming to North Texas

ARLINGTON, April 24, 2013 — College football’s national championship is returning to North Texas for the first time in 37 years.

It was announced earlier today by the Conference Commissioners meeting in Pasadena, Calif., that the first National Championship game in the new four-team playoff will be played at Cowboys Stadium on Monday, January 12, 2015.

In the new College Football Playoff, the national semi-final games will be played on New Year’s Day, 2015, at the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, and at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The two winning teams will advance to Arlington to play for the National Championship.

“We set out to land college football’s biggest game, and I’m thrilled to say that after nearly four decades, the National Championship game is coming back to North Texas,” said Tommy Bain, Chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee. “Securing the first National Championship game as part of the new playoff system is a great honor, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of a dynamic combination of organizations, including the Cowboys Stadium staff, the Jones family and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.”

Eight times the National Championship has been won or lost in North Texas, all at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, but not since January 2, 1978, when fifth-ranked Notre Dame surprised No. 1 Texas, 38-10. The Irish then vaulted to No. 1 in the final rankings.

“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing college football’s biggest game to Cowboys Stadium, said Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys. “It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected to host the first national championship as part of the new playoff structure. This is a major win for our region. When designing and building Cowboys Stadium, our goal was to create a grand stage for championship events just like this. Rest assured, we all pledge to do everything we can to make sure this game exceeds everyone’s highest expectations.”

In June, 2012, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium combined efforts to establish the Stadium Events Organizing Committee. The SEOC is a non-profit entity that will be responsible for supporting the Conference Commissioners and College Football Playoff staff in producing the National Championship game at Cowboys Stadium.

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AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic to Join the College Football Playoff [Quotes]

News Release
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic to Join the College Football Playoff

ARLINGTON, April 24, 2013 — The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, one of college football’s original New Year’s Day post-season bowls, will once again play its game on the biggest stage. Conference Commissioners announced today that the Classic has been selected to join the new four-team playoff system that will commence after the 2014 regular season.

“This is one of the great days in the 78-year history of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic,” said Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. “Our dream and vision has been to return to the top of the college football landscape. Every decision that we have made, including moving our game to Cowboys Stadium, has been strategically focused on hosting college football’s biggest games. It’s gratifying to see the hard work by so many has brought the Classic back to the highest level.”

In this new format, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic joins five other bowls that will constitute the new College Football Playoff. These bowls will rotate the two semifinal games as part of a new 12-year cycle. The Classic will host a semifinal game once every three years. The matchup in the other years will be determined by a new selection committee overseen by the conference commissioners.

“The enormous fan support in North Texas has enabled the AT&T Cotton Bowl to produce sellout games on an annual basis and demonstrate to the nation that this area deserves to be a part of the new four-team playoff format,” said Bain. “Of course, we would not be in this position without the outstanding support of AT&T and our great partnership with the Dallas Cowboys and the Jones family for providing us the opportunity to move our game into the finest football stadium in the world.”

The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic has served as the backdrop of some of college football’s greatest postseason matchups. The first Classic was played in 1937 between TCU and Marquette with the Horned Frogs winning, 16-6. The Cotton Bowl has played host to 12 Heisman winners, including Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel this past January.

“Our ultimate goal has always been to shine the spotlight on the great sport of college football while supporting higher education, and creating memories that will last a lifetime,” Rick Baker, President/CEO of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said. “Ever since the Southwest Conference closed its doors nearly two decades ago, so many dedicated people have worked tirelessly to get the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic back to its place as one of college football’s biggest bowls. We are grateful to the commissioners and the Playoff Group for giving us this special opportunity.”

The AT&T Cotton Bowl moved to Cowboys Stadium in 2009 after 73 years at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Classic has averaged more than 83,000 fans the past five years and has sold out each year at Cowboys Stadium. Last year’s matchup between Texas A&M and Oklahoma drew 87,025 fans, marking the second largest crowd in the game’s history.

The 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 3rd, marks the final year of the current agreement matching a team from the Southeastern Conference against a team from the Big 12. The new playoff system begins the following year.

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[Press Release] ESPNU Expands National Signing Day for Eighth Consecutive Year

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January 24, 2013
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ESPNU Expands National Signing Day for Eighth Consecutive Year

10 Continuous Hours to Start the 2013 College Football Season: Reporters Embedded at 13 Schools; 17 On-Air Player Commitments; Guest Studio Analysts Gene Chizik and Derek Dooley

ESPN kicks off the start of the 2013 college football season with the most comprehensive National Signing Day coverage to date on Wednesday, Feb. 6 with the 10 hour ESPNU National Signing Day Special at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU, live look-ins from SportsCenter throughout the day, and accompanying reporting on ESPN’s The special will also be available on WatchESPN and ESPN3, in addition to being simulcast on ESPN from 3:30-4 p.m.

ESPNU’s eighth annual special will include at least 17 of the nation’s leading recruits revealing their college decision live and reporters coast-to-coast for up-to-the-minute information across ESPN platforms. ESPNU will be embedded at 13 of the nation’s top teams all day interviewing coaches, and providing up-to-the-minute news on each team’s freshman class as the commitments are faxed in. ESPN’s will also have reporters at high school announcements and in-depth analysis on its 14 team dedicated nation sites.

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Increase in Bowl Attendance; Viewership Increases and Ratings

Jan. 10, 2013
For Immediate Release
Football Bowl Association (FBA)

More Than Half of All Bowls Show Increase in Attendance

ORLANDO (FBA) – Eighteen of the 35 Football Bowl Association member bowls had increased attendance during this year’s bowl season. Overall, attendance at bowl games fell 2.4 percent this year compared to the same games last year, the Football Bowl Association announced today.

‘We had some great crowds at many bowls across the country, ‘ said Wright Waters, Executive Director of the Football Bowl Association. ‘Historically, the bowls have averaged close to 50,000 fans in attendance, and this year held true to form.’

The largest crowd of the bowl season belonged to the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO with 93,359 fans in attendance to watch Stanford play Wisconsin. Finishing second in attendance, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic had the second-largest crowd in the game’s 77-year history, with 87,025 on hand to watch Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M knock off Oklahoma.

Fourteen bowl games had crowds in excess of 50,000 and overall, 1,722,833 college football fans attended bowls this season.

‘If you compare bowl game attendance to other sports, including regular season college football, the stats this year measure up to what we are seeing across the country,’ said Waters. ‘There are lots of factors that affect attendance whether it is the state of the economy, weather or the matchups … many things bowls have control over, and many they don’t.’

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Texas A&M is Tosititos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week

Nov. 12, 2012
For Immediate Release
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DALLAS (FWAA) – The Texas A&M Aggies met the challenge of taking on the nation’s top-ranked team in its own backyard, and came away with one of the biggest wins in school history in a 29-24 upset of No. 1 Alabama. The win reshuffled the national title picture and earned the Aggies the honor of Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 10. The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Sports Today,” hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.

The Aggies took their best shots early, running out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter on two short Christine Michael touchdown runs and a Johnny Manziel touchdown pass to Ryan Swope. Alabama came back to get within 20-17, but never caught up with the elusive Manziel. A Taylor Bertolet field goal and touchdown pass from Manziel to Malcome Kennedy extended the lead to 29-17 in the fourth quarter.

But Alabama, which shared the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week honor last week following its dramatic last-minute win at LSU, nearly pulled it off again. AJ McCarron threw a touchdown pass with 2:28 left and moved the ball downfield again on the next drive before Deshazor Everett intercepted a fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left, ending Alabama’s 13-game win streak.

“This is one of those meaningful experiences where when you reflect back on your college career, you say ‘We did something great,'” Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore said.

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Maxwell Football Club Expands Watch Lists

Maxwell Football Club Expands Watch Lists:
Press Release: Oct. 24, 2012

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The Maxwell Football Club today announced the expansion of its 2012 Watch Lists for both the 76th Maxwell Award and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award.

The original lists were comprised of 65 players, who were selected based on their performances during the 2011 season. As the 2012 season has progressed, the Club believes that additional players warrant attention because of their noteworthy play.

Maxwell Award – Watch List Additions

[Name – School – Position – Class]

Ka’Deem Carey – Arizona – RB – Soph
Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina – DE – Soph
Jarvis Jones – Georgia – LB – Jr
Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – QB – Fr
Tyler Russell – Miss. State – QB – Jr
Will Sutton – Arizona State – DT – Sr
Manti Te’o – Notre Dame – LB – Sr

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2012 Davey O’Brien National QB Award Semifinalists Announced

From: Davey O’Brien Foundation

October 22, 2012 

2012 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Semi-Finalists Announced

Fort Worth, Texas – Narrowed down from all 124 starting quarterbacks from NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

The 2012 Davey O’Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: Big 12 (5), SEC (3), ACC (2), Big Ten (2), Pac-12 (2),Big East (1) and WAC (1).

The list features returning semifinalists Matt Barkley (USC), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Seth Doege (Texas Tech), Landry Jones (Oklahoma)and Denard Robinson (Michigan).

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