Big-time bowl games can create big-time financial issues for some schools

By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times Published: December 31, 2012
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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.

But as players jumped...

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