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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Good sign for I-Bowl

If you were wondering why the I-Bowl passed on a 7-5 Kansas State team to take a 6-6 Oklahoma State team, those thoughts should have been erased on Monday.

Oklahoma State's sellout of its 12,000 tickets for the Dec. 28 Independence Bowl is evidence of how much enthusiasm the school and its fans have for the game.

Let's face it, K-State would bring a lot of fans - if the I-Bowl were a BCS game or had a beach. But the I-Bowl has neither and probably would have drawn the same numbers Iowa State (7,000-10,000) would have drawn.

Oklahoma State's enthusiasm should rub off locally. And Alabama, well, given the circumstances of this season and the coaching change, you'd like to think a fresh start could give Tide fans some hope.

As it is, you can't really question the selection of Oklahoma State from a business standpoint.


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