Fiesta to meet with NCAA about bowl license

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX - Fiesta Bowl officials will meet later this month with the NCAA subcommittee in charge of licensing bowl games.

Fiesta Bowl spokesman Andrew Bagnato confirmed the April 28 meeting in New Orleans, which will coincide with the Bowl Championship Series meetings.

Dennis Poppe, NCAA vice president of baseball and football, told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that the Fiesta Bowl had been invited to meet with the 11-member group.

He told the newspaper the Fiesta could potentially have its four-year license revoked, though in the past licenses had only been revoked because of financial or attendance problems.

In a statement, the Fiesta Bowl said it was looking forward to discussing reforms it has made with NCAA officials.

The meeting is in response to a report commissioned by the Arizona-based game that led to the firing of its longtime president for alleged misuse of funds.