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10:42 AM ET 12.15 | It's not all about the game in bowl season. It's also about the swag. The NCAA allows each of the 35 bowls a chance to offer players up to $550 in gifts. Some don't give a lot of other gifts and use most of the $550 for a gift suite where items are assigned a number and players pick items until they've reached a certain number. If the bowl offers a lot of other gifts, the amount a player can "spend" in the suite is less; either way the total value of the gifts for each player must not exceed $550. Some bowls don't bother with the suite. The Sun Bowl in El Paso, which is hosting USC and Georgia Tech, will be offering players a coin, a Timely watch, a Majestic fleece, a Top of the World cap and a Helen of Troy hair dryer. This year the Rose Bowl is offering a gift suite where players from Stanford and Wisconsin will "get to go shopping," Chapin said. Among the gifts they'll be choosing from in the suite are a recliner and a blender.

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December 15, 2012  10:45 AM ET

They'd rather have the cash.

December 15, 2012  10:48 AM ET

More Money Exchanges Hands Than That, Bros.

December 15, 2012  10:49 AM ET

And you guys think the players want to have a playoff.....

LOL

December 15, 2012  11:04 AM ET

For some of these kids it's their last football game ever. So load them up.

December 15, 2012  12:15 PM ET
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And you guys think the players want to have a playoff.....LOL

Hell no. They'd rather get something tangible every time they play a game. Set up "suites" for every game.

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December 15, 2012  12:24 PM ET

At least the bowl games have started. Slowly.

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December 15, 2012  01:42 PM ET

Wonder what kinda swag they get at the Idaho Potato Salad Bowl

December 15, 2012  01:43 PM ET
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and speaking of swag, each player should get a laptop. Maybe then, the ones that are **** won't have to be stealing them all the time.

yes but they don't come with papers to be handed in for classes in them

December 15, 2012  02:12 PM ET
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Hell no. They'd rather get something tangible every time they play a game. Set up "suites" for every game.

I'm sure the boosters from the U would be happy to show the rest of CFB how it's done!

December 15, 2012  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wonder what kinda swag they get at the Idaho Potato Salad Bowl

A laurel. And hearty handshake!

December 15, 2012  04:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wonder what kinda swag they get at the Idaho Potato Salad Bowl

I know the girls refuse to wear those potato sacks anymore.

December 15, 2012  04:37 PM ET

Be honest who gave up on Arizona in the 4th quarter? (raises hand)

December 15, 2012  05:08 PM ET
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Be honest who gave up on Arizona in the 4th quarter? (raises hand)

Typical 12 PAC game!!! Exciting with no defense!!!! :-)

December 15, 2012  05:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wonder what kinda swag they get at the Idaho Potato Salad Bowl

LOL, about as much as the Compass, Mortgage Music City, Gator and Outback bowls!!!

 
December 15, 2012  05:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

LOL, about as much as the Compass, Mortgage Music City, Gator and Outback bowls!!!

SEC Bowl's swag- not too shabby

"Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit of $550 per person."

Discover BCS National Championship Game
???Gift suite, Tourneau watch
Allstate Sugar Bowl
???Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era cap, Boxer & Stone hoodie
Capital One Bowl
???$420 shopping trip to a local Best Buy, Fossil watch
AT&T Cotton Bowl
???Fossil watch
???Note: Bowl committee would not disclose additional details about participant gifts, but last year???s gifts included an iPad2 and a Fossil watch.
Outback Bowl
???$150 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, ring, cap, Outback Steakhouse gift card
Chick-fil-A Bowl
???$300 gift card, Fossil watch, Russell Athletic Chick-fil-A Bowl hat, Russell Athletic travel bag, Chick-fil-A gift card
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
???Fossil watch, Dome hat, Mercury garment bag and carry-on bag, Jostens ring, football
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
???Gift suite, Fossil watch
BBVA Compass Bowl
???Fossil watch, Oakley Dispatch II sunglasses, wireless portable speaker, backpack, football

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