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Monday, December 27, 2010

Bowl swag, 2010

There's a good reason players still want to play in bowls, even after a less-than-successful season: Free stuff.

The NCAA allows players to receive gifts from bowls, as well as their own schools. Here's a list of what Georgia players received this week from the Liberty Bowl:

- A Nike "sports package", which includes Nike shoes, sandals, sunglasses and a Jordan backpack.

- A Fossil bowl watch

- Bowl commemorative game ball. (Basically a Liberty Bowl football with UGA and UCF logos.)

- Apple Nano Ipod

In addition, Georgia was allowed to give its players gifts of up to $300. The school elected to bestow it in the form of a Visa gift card amounting to ... you guessed it, $300.

The media, in the interest of full disclosure, will receive gifts as well: duffle bag with the Liberty Bowl logo, and dinner at the Rendezvous. (If my luggage never gets here, that duffle bag may come in handy on the trip back.)

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