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BCS Gift-Giving Draws Increased Scrutiny

AP

In the spring of 2010, a group of college football coaches, athletic directors and their spouses took a weekend Caribbean cruise that included a stop at a 141-acre water park, parasailing over a private island and lounging in hammocks while sipping Coco Locos. None of the guests paid for the trip.

Summer Splash is a semi-regular retreat hosted by the Orange Bowl, one of the four bowls in the Bowl Championship Series. The partnership among the bowls, universities and athletic conferences creates college football's top games and national championship.

Last year's Summer Splash cost the non-profit organization that runs the Orange Bowl $159,324, and included guests from the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to a trip itinerary. The ACC's football champion has...

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