- Hair dryer
No, these are not items from someone's holiday shopping list. But if you do receive any of these items from a friend or loved one who happens to play college football then you might want to inspect them for a logo from one of the many college football bowl games. As players receive all manner of courtesy gifts for participating in various bowls, you could be getting something that has been re-gifted.
According to Sports Illustrated, NCAA rules dictate that players are allowed to receive a maximum $500 worth of merchandise from the event organizers of the bowls and $350 from their schools for participating in the games.
As they do every year, the folks at SportsBusiness Journal have compiled a comprehensive list of the various gifts doled out by each bowl. While the teams playing in the Beef O' Brady's Bowl -- brought to you by ESPN Regional Television -- will receive a PlayStation 3 along with other gifts, those playing in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl will have to settle for little more than an eyepatch, pen and Christmas ornament.
Perhaps most surprising are the bowls put on by chain restaurants. The Chik-Fil-A Bowl is offering participants a $250 Best Buy gift card but only $15 worth of food at the very namesake of the bowl. The Outback Bowl has a similar arrangement. It must be easier to give away another store's DVD player than your own Alice Springs Chicken. In addition to the gifts made public, some of the bowls also allow players access to something called the "gift suite" where they can select from a few available gifts. This seems to be the bowls' equivalent of a "Secret Santa" program.
Here are the gifts that each bowl is offering. Which teams are getting the top prizes and what gifts do you think are the worst?
NOTE: The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and Pinstripe Bowl declined to reveal what gifts they were offering the players from the participating schools.