Virginia Tech player's take: Bowl games are great, but gifts, entire week is too much
Collin Carroll is a long-snapper for the Virginia Tech football team. He also writes for the school newspaper and today wrote a column for ESPN.com.
His take: Bowl week is too much, and he's seeing it again as the Hokies prepare for their Sugar Bowl date Tuesday (8:30 p.m., ESPN) against Michigan.
Carroll says it's easy for college players to be overwhelmed with the extras of bowl week, which this week including gifts, a per diem check and outings to a steak house and a parade.
In fact, diversions and temptations are so rampant during bowl week that the game itself hinges not so much on which team prepares better but which team gets less distracted. This isn't just a Sugar Bowl thing, either — this has been a constant struggle at each of the four other bowls I have attended.