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The Owl at the University of Pittsburgh

Bobby Grier was the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. As a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Grier played against Georgia Tech on January 2, 1956 — only months after Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi and weeks after Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama.

Turnovers Help Louisiana Tech Take Bowl Win In Dallas

Dec 27, 2014
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Call it a bad game and great victory for Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs used big plays to make up for an uneven overall effort to take a 35-18 victory over Illinois at the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Louisiana Tech finished the season 9-5 overall, while the Fighting Illini dropped to 6-7.

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Illinois Illini will close out the 2014 season in style at the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Kick off is this Friday at noon on ESPN.

Mark Haslett, of NPR member station KETR in Dallas, says the Bulldogs are six-point favorites over Illinois.

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LSU football is worth $103 million, according to a new valuation in Forbes magazine, NOLA.com reports.

That makes the Tigers the 5th-most valuable team in college football.

Texas led the way with a team worth $131 million, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan and Alabama.

Forbes said the team has revenue of $88 million and a profit of $50 million. The magazine gave LSU high marks for its contract, which sends $7.2 million back to the school each year.

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns won their fourth straight R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, beating the Nevada Wolf Pack 16-3.

Winning in the New Orleans Bowl has become an annual tradition for the Cajuns, who inspire tens of thousands of their fans to come along, making it essentially a home game for UL.

Lafayette is now the first team ever to win the same bowl game in four straight seasons. Eight other teams have three consecutive wins in the same bowl.

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For the first time in nearly 40 years, Tulane University is preparing to host a football game on its Uptown campus.

In a media walkthrough on Thursday Tulane representatives showed off the nearly-complete Yulman Stadium. It's a $73 million, 30,000-seat open-air arena that is already sold out for the first game this Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Richard Yulman, Tulane board member and major donor, welcomed the media and public to his namesake stadium.

“It’s been a long journey, but it’s now official: the boys are back Uptown," Yulman said. "Roll Wave.”

The Tulane University football program has undergone a dramatic resurgence in the past two years, spurred by the hiring of former Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson, the rapid construction of a new on-campus football stadium, and a commitment from a university administration involved in the intricacies of college football management on a national level.

Will More College Football Teams Rebel?

Nov 13, 2013

The football players at Grambling State staged a boycott last month that forced the school to forfeit one of its games.

Among the issues the players complained about were poor facilities and long bus trips to games. The school pledged to work on those issues.

If you're not a big college football fan, you may have missed the story of an unprecedented player revolt.

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