Beebe encouraged by Fiesta Bowl's response

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe says he is encouraged by the Fiesta Bowl's response to an investigative report that led to the firing of its longtime president for alleged misuse of funds.

Beebe told The Associated Press on Friday that while he is optimistic about the Fiesta's future, it is still too early to determine if his conference and the Bowl Championship Series will continue to do business with the Arizona game.

The Big 12 has a contractual agreement to send its champion to the Fiesta Bowl if that team is not playing for the national championship.

The BCS has said the Fiesta Bowl must assure its members that reforms will be made for the game to remain part of college football's lucrative system for determining a champion.