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Bowls '85-86 : Sugar

January 01, 1986|MIKE DOWNEY

Concerned about going head-to-head with other bowl games, Sugar Bowl officials will consider awarding a contract to one of the other television networks when its current arrangement with ABC-TV expires after the 1987 game.

ABC has televised the Sugar Bowl since 1970. "That's a long time not to test the waters," Sugar Bowl executive director Mickey Holmes told the New Orleans Times-Picayne and States-Item.

The game was moved from the afternoon to prime time in 1983. Last year's contest between Louisiana State and Nebraska was drubbed in the national TV ratings, not only by NBC's Orange Bowl telecast, but by re-runs of regular programming on CBS. Holmes indicated he would talk to the other networks about bidding for the game.

The New Orleans newspaper quoted ABC director of college sports Donn Bernstein as saying: "With five bowl games on New Year's Day, you're going to end up with four of them going head-to-head. When the fan at home is faced with two games head-to-head, it all comes down to what's the better menu."

NBC's Orange Bowl matchup between top-ranked Penn State and No. 2 Oklahoma would appear to be a New Year's night feast compared to the Sugar Bowl's Miami and Tennessee.

Tennessee's kicker, Carlos Reveiz, is the younger brother of a new Miami hero, Dolphins kicker Fuad Reveiz. Carlos was 24 of 28 on field goals this season and perfect in 30 extra-point attempts, breaking the school's single-season scoring record for kickers, held by his brother.

"They've both won football games for us and they're both excellent kickers," Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors said. "What a family. You know, their mother sends me a Christmas present each year. I'm the one who should be sending presents because of everything her sons have done."

We don't know exactly where the University of Miami football team orders its uniforms, but perhaps they should speak to one of their sophomore running backs, No. 21 on your scorecard.

His name is J.C. Penny.

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