The Outback Bowl is not exactly where 14th ranked LSU had hoped to land, but the Tigers will make the best of their first trip to this bowl since the 1989 game.The Tigers had hoped for a spot in the Cotton Bowl but with the results in the SEC Championship game and in the Big 12 with Oklahoma knocking off Oklahoma State and Baylor beating Texas this is where they find themselves.
The Outback may not be the most glamorous destination as LSU may have liked, but the players are going to be showered with incredible gifts.
According to Sports Business Daily:
“The NCAA allows each bowl to award up to $550 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school. Schools can, and usually do, buy additional packages that they can distribute to participants beyond that 125 limit. In addition, participants can receive awards worth up to $400 from the school and up to $400 from the conference for postseason play, covering both conference title games and any bowl game.”
The Outback Bowl is being extremely generous with their gift giving. They are giving the players from both teams $150 Best Buy gift cards, a Fossil watch, a hat, a Jostens ring and an Outback Steakhouse gift card.
If all the items were bought at retail price, the total would most likely exceed the $550 limit. However, several bowls purchase their gifts at a discounted price because of the bulk purchase.
The Tigers had hoped for a better bowl, but the Outback Bowl is treating them to several quality consolation prizes.
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