Jim Delaney said it was important to keep a big ten presence in the state of Texas. So now the big ten is in the Houston Bowl, and playing a game in the cotton bowl. The theory is having a presence at bowl sites helps in recruiting that local.
Does it? Michigan has gotten some recruits lately out of Texas. When was the last time UofM played in the Alamo Bowl. There are all sorts of anecdotal evidence one way or the other. Certainly there is a way to obtain statistical evidence one way or the other. How would one go about doing that? What should the parameters be in figuring out the significance of bowl sites in recruiting? Coming up with an accurate assesment will take someone smarter and more patient than me. Lastly, if there is statistical evidence that shows bowl sites matter, how can the big ten take advantage?