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Fiesta Bowl Mess Could Mean BCS Game in North Texas



    Could a college football championship be headed to Cowboys Stadium?

    The BCS championship rotates between the Fiesta, Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls, and the Fiesta Bowl is in the second year of a four-year contract.

    But BCS officials said Wednesday they are willing to kick the Fiesta Bowl out. Officials said the bowl needs to prove that its spending woes will not be repeated.

    After all, plenty of other bowls would happy to take the spot -- including the Cotton Bowl, which has been played for the last two years at Cowboys Stadium.

    The Cotton Bowl was left out of the BCS mix because it was played in an outdoor stadium. The possibility of bad January weather and the stadium's aging facilities didn't help.

    But the bowl is now played in Cowboys Stadium. And Jerry Jones has told NBC DFW sports director Newy Scruggs on his 105.3-FM radio show that he build the stadium to host Super Bowls and a BCS bowl game.

    The Cotton Bowl also scored a primetime television on slot on Fox.

    Cowboys Stadium declined to comment Wednesday on the possibility of the Cotton Bowl becoming a BCS game.

    Similarly, the Cotton Bowl President Rick Baker declined to comment to The Associated Press on the Fiesta Bowl situation and what it could mean for his game.

    The Fiesta Bowl released an internal report Tuesday that uncovered hundreds of thousands -- perhaps even millions -- of dollars in "excessive compensation, nonbusiness and inappropriate expenditures and inappropriate gifts."

    Fiesta Bowl CEO and President John Junker was fired Tuesday.

    The bowl's financial scandal began to unfold more than a year ago, when The Arizona Republic reported that some employees were reimbursed for political donations they were encouraged to make.

    The BCS has set up a task force to help determine if it still wants to do business with the Fiesta Bowl.

    NBC DFW's Newy Scruggs and AP sports writers Bob Baum and Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.