There are a lot of good things about playing in a bowl game. The extra weeks of practice, the travel, and ... the gifts.
Instead of getting money for playing in the postseason, college football players get gifts. There is a $550 limit for each player and each bowl game offers different items.
Foster Farms Bowl, Arizona vs. Purdue: Fossil watch, Sony XB950N1 extra bass noise canceling headphones, Timbuk2 backpack, coin, $25 Apple iTunes gift card.
Timbuk2 backpacks — a San Francisco product — range from $34 to $204.
The “coin” in this case is likely a commemorative thing. And obviously the $25 Apple iTunes gift card is self-explanatory.
If the Wildcats would have been sent to the Las Vegas Bowl as most people projected, they would have received these things:
Las Vegas Bowl, Boise State vs. Oregon: Gift suite, Oakley backpack and tag, hat, Rock ‘Em socks, beanie.
A “gift suite” is usually a private event where student-athletes can select from a wide variety of items.
You can see all the gifts for all the bowl games here.
The Foster Farms Bowl is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m. MST in Santa Clara, Calif.