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Players eye recliner in Fiesta Bowl gift suite

Players eye recliner in Fiesta Bowl gift suite
December 31
06:00 2013
No. 25 junior running back Lache Seastrunk participates in a series of interviews during Baylor's Media Day hour at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 30, 2013.

No. 25 junior running back Lache Seastrunk participates in a series of interviews during Baylor’s Media Day hour at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 30, 2013.

By Greg DeVries
Editor-in-Chief

Scottsdale, Ariz. — At first glance, you might not think that a recliner has anything to do with the Fiesta Bowl, but many Baylor and University of Central Florida players would disagree. When a football team competes in a bowl game, the bowl provides each player with a gift package. This year, many of the players chose a recliner as their Fiesta Bowl gift.

This isn’t just any run-of-the-mill recliner, however. Many players see this as more valuable than the other options in the catalogue, which includes a guitar, a Diesel watch, a surround sound system and more. Each participant was also given a backpack and . Junior running back Lache Seastrunk claimed the recliner and spoke very highly of it as he listed all of its features.

“It’s electrical. I can push a button and it reclines out,” Seastrunk said. “It’s got two outlets to plug my phone up with… and it has two cup holders.”

Seastrunk said he was tempted to claim the guitar, but he saw more value in the recliner.

“I wanted the guitar, but a guitar isn’t that expensive,” Seastrunk said. “I looked around and thought that the recliner was the more expensive thing… I’m trying to learn to play the guitar and piano. I’m not going to lie, I watched on YouTube a guy that was playing the piano and the girls just love it. So I thought, ‘OK. I’m going to learn to play some way, somehow.’”

Junior quarterback Bryce Petty and his four roommates are each getting recliners as well.

“We’ve actually been fortunate enough to have a 70-inch TV,” Petty said about his house’s setup. “It’s almost like a theater room if you will. All we need is the recliners… I’ve always wanted a recliner. Who doesn’t want a recliner, especially as a guy? I was more than happy to go ahead and check that off.”

Petty’s roommates include junior wide receiver Clay Fuller, junior nickel back Collin Brence, senior safety Collin Simpson and sophomore inside receiver Cal Spangler. Fuller said that he was not sure how the configuration of furniture will work, but he thought the recliner was nice enough to go after in the gift catalogue. Petty joked that if everybody brought their recliners to film study, then all of the players would fall asleep.

UCF junior defensive back Brandon Alexander said that he has not made his decision yet, but the recliner is on the short list of things he wants.

“It looks very nice,” Alexander said. “I don’t have a recliner, so I’m thinking about getting in there and putting it in my room, but I think I might just get the DVD player with the surround sound, but every gift on there was good.”

Alexander said that one option — a remote control plane — was oddly intriguing for some reason, but he was thankful that he has the opportunity to pass some of the gifts along to his family.

“Just to see my family smile, especially my mother and my sisters that don’t get a lot of things for Christmas because of the fact that my parents are always working… For me, to give them something they don’t have puts a smile on my face.”

Petty has also passed bowl gifts along to family members in the past. He said he bought his dad a new TV with a gift card that he received from the Holiday Bowl last season. Other Holiday Bowl gifts included a watch and sunglasses.

“[My dad] wanted a TV and I said, ‘Well, here you go,’” Petty said. “It’s always fun to share the wealth.”

The NCAA allows bowls to give gifts to each player as long as the value does not exceed $550 per player. Universities are allowed to give each player gifts totaling up to $400, and the conference usually throws in additional gifts totaling $400 to bring the total value of gifts to a maximum of $1350 per player. It is a violation of NCAA rules for a player to sell any gift from the university, conference or bowl game.

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Baylor head coach Art Briles arrives at the Fiesta Bowl Media Day and converses with his players on Monday, Dec. 30, at the Camelback Marriott Hotel in Glendale, Az.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Multimedia Producer

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Baylor head coach Art Briles receives a gift basket from Glendale, Ariz. mayor Jerry Weiers after entering the conference hall for Baylor's Media Day hour at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 30, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Multimedia Producer

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Head coach Art Briles receives a gift basket from a Tostitos representative after entering the press conference area for Baylor's Media Day hour at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 30, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Multimedia Producer

Fiesta Bowl First Day 05

No. 14 junior quarterback Bryce Petty participates in a one-on-one interview with a Fiesta Bowl media host during Baylor's Media Day hour at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 30, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Multimedia Producer

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No. 6 senior safety Ahmad Dixon participates in a series of interviews during Baylor's Media Day hour at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 30, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Multimedia Producer

Fiesta Bowl First Day 07

No. 16 senior wide receiver Tevin Reese, who is expected to participate in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl after missing after missing the last four games with a wrist injury, participates in Media Day interviews at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 30, 2013.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Multimedia Producer

A group of Baylor students meet up at the Grand Canyon before the Fiesta Bowl.

A group of Baylor students meet up at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on Monday, Dec. 30, before the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Drew Mills | Round Up Photographer

_____ and his son pose for a Sic'em with current Baylor students.

Kevin Walls and his son pose for a Sic'em with current Baylor students in front of the Grand Canyon Map in Arizona on Monday, Dec. 30.

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Zach Heefner, Charly Lemmons and Michael Blair throw up a Sic'em at the Grand Canyon.

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Charly Lemmons, Zach Heefner and Michael Blair hold up a Sic'em into the sunset over the Grand Canyon.

Fiesta Bowl First Day 12

On Monday, Dec. 30, Hadiah, Phoenix Zoo's seven-year-old Sumatran tiger, predicts that the University of Central Florida will win the Fiesta Bowl against Baylor.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Multimedia Producer

Fiesta Bowl First Day 13

Hadiah attempts to predict the winner of the 2014 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl by opening the Baylor Box for a special treat on Monday, Dec. 30, at the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Ariz.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Multimedia Producer

Fiesta Bowl First Day 14

When Hadiah cannot reach the food inside the Baylor Box, she returns to the UCF Box and finds the food easily attainable, eating it and providing her prediction that the University of Central Florida will win the Fiesta Bowl.

Matt Hellman | Lariat Multimedia Producer

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