ARLINGTON, Texas -- There is a tropical motif in the press box at Cowboys Stadium, which is supposed to send a subtle message that the Cotton Bowl is now a warm-weather event.
The feeling around these parts is that the unpredicated January weather in Dallas prevented the Cotton Bowl from cracking the original Bowl Championship Series rotation. Weather is no longer a worry after the move to Jerry Jones' brand new $1.2 billion football palace about 30 miles away from the Cotton Bowl stadium. With the roof and giant glass doors closed, it's guaranteed to be 72 degrees with no wind.
The Cotton Bowl staffers look strange wearing floral print shirts, but bowl officials will do whatever possible to improve the chances that they'll be part of the BCS expansion in the coming years.