We're all aware that the players receive special gift bags for taking part in college football's bowl games each year. So while Pitt is likely not real thrilled about a third straight BBVA Compass Bowl game, all isn't lost.
The Panthers and Ole Miss will receive a pretty decent collection of gifts (considering the $550 limit bowls have per player). ESPN has the scoop on what the players will get this year:
BBVA Compass, Jan. 5: Pitt (6-6, 3-4 Big East) vs. Ole Miss (6-6, 3-5 SEC)
Fossil watch, Oakley Dispatch II sunglasses, wireless portable speaker, backpack, football
So, okay - the football and backpack are really fillers. I mean, the football could be worth a good $50 or so, but what football player doesn't have one? And who knows what the quality of the speaker will be like - with a $550 limit, we're not talking a Bose here. But a Fossil watch and pair of Oakleys? That ain't bad for a free gift for playing in a bowl game.
Almost makes the trip to Birmingham worth it.