Not to be contentious, but I would sure as hell hope so. It would be newsworthy if a rep said a bowl would not consider us. Of course, a statement such as that would get him fired and the Big Ten looking for a new bowl tie-in. Aside from the reference line lead-in however, I enjoyed the interview with the NU alum. Thanks.
The Gator Bowl said earlier this week that it would rather not have NU and that it would much prefer someone else. So that line actually makes a lot of sense. The Capital One Bowl is much less afraid of having NU than the Gator.
Wild statement. I know the Bowls ultimately hold the powers of selection, but the conference tie-ins greatly limit their options. I am sure that if a bowl that the conference intends to host a team based on its finish in the conference simply decides that it does not like a team and passes it over for another that it will not have that conference's tie-in for long. It is one thing when there are conference ties or recent appearances in a certain location, but to simply say "we do not want team A" seems a bit short-sighted. A bowl expressing that attitude may well be embarassed later when team A is in its game.
That's not true. Was the author editorializing, saying that small private schools don't travel well, the rep didn't say that. Also, rep later said he didn't mention NU because he was answering a direct question the author posed, and the four schools he mentioned were the schools the author asked about.