TWO BITS: Cooper renegging? Sugar Bowl ratings

By Adam Silverstein
January 4, 2010

1 » The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Texas Rangers are worried about Florida Gators senior wide receiver Riley Cooper reneging on the contract he signed after being drafted by the team in the 25th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Though Cooper will not earn the bonus unless he plays baseball, he is supposed to attend minor league camp in Arizona in early March. However, Cooper will be building muscle and speed over the next few months, plans to participate in the NFL combine and could wait until after the 2010 NFL Draft to give the Rangers an answer.

2 » The 2010 Sugar Bowl on FOX earned an 8.5 “fast national rating” and 15 share, according to the Associated Press. This is up 9 percent from the 2009 game featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide and Utah Utes and up 57 percent from last year’s Jan. 1 evening game, the Orange Bowl between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Cincinnati Bearcats. FOX can thank senior quarterback Tim Tebow, head coach Urban Meyer and Gator Nation for the ratings boost.

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