Big-time bowl games can create big-time financial issues for some schools
On a Sunday afternoon in early December, the Northern Illinois football team gathered on campus to learn its fate.
A Cinderella story from the fringes of the big-time college game, the Huskies erupted in cheers when they received an invitation to play in the prestigious Orange Bowl on New Year's Day.
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But as players jumped on tables and threw their hands in the air, administrators set to work behind the scenes, wondering if their university could afford its big break.
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