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On Sunday, Cotton Bowl officials were thrilled about bringing Alabama to Dallas. That was clear even after, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, LSU Head Football Coach Les Miles and athletics director Skip Bertman flew to Dallas last week the SEC Championship game to lobby for a spot in the bowl if LSU lost.

Team selection Chairman Dan Petty said Sunday, "Our job was to present the best matchup that it can put together and I feel like we scored a big success this year in matching up Alabama and Texas Tech."

A big part of the selection of Alabama in the Cotton Bowl is the impressive history the Tide has at bringing fans to games wherever they play, which obviously leads to better ticket sales, and University officials are encouraging fans to continue their loyal support.

"I appreciate the faith your committee has shown in Alabama," Athletics Director Mal Moore said. "I have enjoyed the Cotton Bowl over the years, and I assure you I will convey to our team what's to be expected and how much they will enjoy this."

"I certainly expect our fans - and will convey to them - how important it is to show up in strength and support our seniors and this team," he said.

The University of Alabama will be accepting priority ticket orders for the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl from current season holders until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, according to Ticket Manager Rhoda Vaughn.

If tickets remain following the priority sale, general public orders will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. All tickets are $80 each and may be ordered on-line at or by calling 205-348-BAMA or 877-TideTix.

"We got a little experience last year about how Alabama travels to a bowl game and we're hoping we get that same group to come over to Dallas and enjoy what we hear is a great week," Alabama Coach Mike Shula said.

Student tickets will be available on a lottery basis and students should come by the Coleman Coliseum Ticket Office between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday or Friday to swipe their student ID card. Those students will then be entered in a lottery. The winning names will be posted at Coleman Coliseum over the weekend and students may pick-up tickets beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12.

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