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College bowl tidbits

College bowl season starts tonight with Navy-Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl, and there are just so many of these things -- 32 at last count -- that we're just going to pass along the highlights as they come along.

BCS Championship (might as well start at the top) -- Ohio State has two cornerbacks reportedly suspended for the game (one a starter) for violating "team rules." That's the sports version of the RICO Act; it can mean almost anything. The Buckeyes play LSU for the national title. Just a note: The starter is NOT projected draft first-rounder Malcolm Jenkins.

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Music City Bowl -- Florida State is expected to have at least 20 players suspended in an academic cheating scandal. The names haven't been released so it's impossible to know if star players are involved. But you can be sure there are Seminoles who thought they'd just stand around on the sideline being pressed into duty against Kentucky.

Bowls in general -- A few sports blogs have already noticed a list reported by Sports Business Journal of gifts players receive from bowls. Some of the gifts are pretty innocuous -- shirts, hats, sports video games (that they probably already have), but a few of these trinkets aren't exactly trinkets -- iPods, Fossil watches and, in a couple of cases, $400 gift cards to Best Buy. Since it's hardly a secret, one supposes this passes muster with the schools and the NCAA.


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