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Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

LSU ARRIVES IN DALLAS FOR 75TH AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC

LSU’s 11th-ranked football team made the quick one-hour flight from Baton Rouge to Dallas yesterday as the Tigers arrived at the Hilton Anatole Hotel just after 3 p.m. in what will serve as their home away from home for the week.
 
LSU will face Texas A&M in the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Jan. 7 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. It will be the first meeting between the teams since 1995 and just the second time the two schools have met in a bowl game. LSU brings a 10-2 overall record into the game, while the Aggies are 9-3.
 
“We are excited to finally get here and get the week underway,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We’ve had great preparation up to this point. Our practices during bowl prep have been fast-paced, crisp and very productive.
 
“We are looking forward to our first workout in Cowboys Stadium tomorrow afternoon. It’s going to be great to be able to practice in that facility for an entire week leading up to the game. I know the players are excited about it.”

LSU will get its first look at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night as the Tigers, along with the Aggies, will take part in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Welcome Party at the stadium. The teams will eat dinner and then will be treated to a highlight video, which will be played on the massive video board – which spans 60-yards in length from the 20-yard line to the other 20-yard line.
 
The Tigers will get back to work on Sunday afternoon as the Tigers will take part in Cotton Bowl Media Day followed by practice at Cowboys Stadium.

Observing 75 years of college football tradition, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic moves into primetime under the lights on Friday, Jan. 7. Airtime on FOX Sports is 7:00 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:27 p.m. FOX Sports will have a blanket coverage of the broadcast with Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboy fullback Daryl Johnston calling the action from the booth, Charles Davis and John Lynch reporting from the sidelines, the legendary Pat Summerall serving in a new role as the Classic's essayist and Chris Rose hosting the telecast from the sidelines. Providing insight from an officiating perspective will be Mike Pereira, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL.

For the 19th consecutive year, the Classic will be heard around the world on the Westwood One Radio Network. Describing the action for Westwood One will be Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue.

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