AT&T will no longer sponsor Cotton Bowl

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For the fourth time since the end of the 2013 season, one of the six major college football bowl games will undergo a name change.

Citing industry sources, ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday that AT&T will no longer serve as the title sponsor for the Cotton Bowl.  AT&T had been the postseason game’s sponsor since 2007.

The reason for AT&T’s decision to step aside is a simple one: the Cotton Bowl is played in AT&T Stadium, and the company didn’t feel the need to double up on its advertising dollars at one event.

Late last month, it was announced that Capital One would replace Discover as the Orange Bowl’s title sponsor.  In April, the Chick-fil-A Bowl was officially renamed the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, while a month later the Rose Bowl announced that Northwestern Mutual would be replacing Vizio as the Granddaddy of Them All’s presenting sponsor.

In early June, it was announced that Tostitos was ending its 18-year relationship with the Fiesta Bowl.  That game, along with the Cotton Bowl, are expected to have sponsors on board prior to this year’s postseason contests.

According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, the Cotton Bowl will soon announce a sponsorship agreement with Goodyear.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl is the only one of the six premier bowl games that has not undergone a name/sponsor change.  The insurance behemoth has been that game’s primary sponsor since 2007.

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.