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$1.75 Million to be Awarded to Gridiron Bash's Top Schools
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Published: March 20, 2008, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:32 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

NEW YORK -- The first-ever Gridiron Bash has launched the text component of its Ultimate Fan Competition, enabling fans of LSU to text in votes and increase the chances that LSU will split the $1.75 million being given to General Scholarship Funds. Votes can be placed by texting LSU to 23909.

Tied to spring football games and including pep rallies and live concerts at football stadiums with nationally known names, the Gridiron Bash fan competition being billed as the USA TODAY Bash for Cash Series will be based 70% on fan attendance at Gridiron Bash events and 30% on text in votes.

The roster of participating schools with performing artist match-ups has been finalized and includes:  Penn State-Fergie; Iowa-Kelly Clarkson; Utah-Maroon 5; Alabama-Alan Jackson; Colorado-Counting Crows; Texas A&M-ZZ Top; LSU-Kid Rock and Sara Evans; Kansas Sate-Goo Goo Dolls; Tennessee-Taylor Swift and Montgomery Gentry; Maryland-(talent TBA); West Virginia (talent TBA); Arizona State-3 Doors Down; Kentucky-Dierks Bentley & Wynonna; Army-John Legend; Rutgers-Fall Out Boy, and Colorado State (talent TBA). 

Daily school standings are being posted on www.gridironbash.com.  The website also features “talk’n smack” video being taken as the Gridiron Bash RV tour hits each competing campus and listens to fans talking about their rivaling schools.  Results are also being displayed in weekly national advertisements in both the Sports and Life sections of USA Today. 

“In the last week that we’ve had our text-in component of the fan competition up and running, we’ve seen dramatic shifts in the number of text-in votes each school is receiving.  It’s getting pretty exciting,” says Shawn Garrity, president of MSL Sports and Entertainment, creators and producers of Gridiron Bash.  “The fun, the spirit, the talking smack between schools....that’s what this is all about.”

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