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Is Cotton Bowl Back In BCS If Fiesta Bowl Gets The Boot?

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Wide receiver Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The executive director of the Bowl Championship Series is confident the BCS could boot the Fiesta Bowl out of the system college football uses to crown a champion before its contract with the game expires in three years.

The Fiesta Bowl released an internal report Monday that uncovered “excessive compensation, non-business and inappropriate expenditures and inappropriate gifts” and fired longtime CEO and President John Junker.

Bill Hancock told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that the BCS “will not be associated with this kind of behavior.”

The BCS has set up a task force to help determine if the leaders of major college football want to continue doing business with the Fiesta Bowl.

The Fiesta Bowl is in the second year of a four-year BCS contract, but that might not protect it from the possibility of being booted off college football’s biggest stage.

There are plenty of other bowls that would like a chance to hold the highly lucrative national title game, including the Cotton Bowl played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Cotton Bowl officials have never hidden their desire to return to elite bowl status.

After numerous tries, CBS 11 Sports was able to speak with Charlie Fiss, Vice President of Communications for the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, who informed us the Cotton Bowl’s position, per Cotton Bowl Athletic Association President Rick Baker, will be to stay silent on the Fiesta Bowl matter for now.

Fiss said when the time is right to comment Cotton Bowl officials will do so.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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