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“Hancock did not sound disappointed that his phone hasn't rung. "This is a sporting event," Hancock said. "We're going to leave Arizona politics to the people in Arizona." Nick Carparelli, who is in charge of football in the Big East Conference and, by chance, is also chair of the NCAA Football Issues Committee, said he had not heard anything from the eight football-playing schools in his league. Or from anyone else, either. "It's not something that seems to be on the college football radar at the moment," Carparelli said. Fiesta Bowl boss John Junker is preparing to host the annual Fiesta Frolic this week, a gathering of FBS athletic directors and head football coaches to which no reporters were invited. It has become known as a place where deals can get, if not done, at least discussed. And no one has talked about boycotting it, either, though Junker deferred to Hancock for public comment. Arizona is no stranger to football celebrations that have borne the brunt of national displeasure with the state's politics. Two decades ago, when the state refused to approve a holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., the NFL rescinded its decision to stage Super Bowl XXVII in Tempe. The 1991 Fiesta Bowl ended up with Alabama, with its 7-4 record, because several other schools refused to play in the state. The state approved the holiday in 1992. Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
This is a sporting event. We're going to leave Arizona politics to the people in Arizona.” -- BCS chief Bill Hancock