BBVA Compass Bowl

January 2, 2013



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Former Jacksonville State head coach and long-time Auburn University assistant Jack Crowe will be honored as the Golden Flake Legend of Birmingham recipient at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club Team Luncheon presented by Sheraton Birmingham.

A native of Birmingham, Crowe has coached more than 37 years at some of the top programs in the country. During his career, he has worked at Auburn, Baylor, Arkansas, Clemson and Wyoming on the Division I-A level and most recently Jacksonville State. Coach Crowe also has college coaching stints at North Alabama and Livingston (now West Alabama).

The Monday Morning Quarterback Club Team Luncheon, presented by Sheraton Birmingham, is a marquee event during bowl week in January. It will be held at noon CT on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom. For information and to purchase luncheon tickets, please contact the Monday Morning Quarterback Club at (205) 251-8423 or

Jack Crowe finished his career at Jacksonville State as the second winningest coach in the program’s history with a 87-57 record during his 13 years as head coach. He posted 10 straight winning seasons, which is a school record, and posted the best winning percentage in the Ohio Valley Conference among conference games during his tenure.

The BBVA Compass Bowl annually recognizes current or former Birmingham residents who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Former honorees include Pat Sullivan (2006), Johnny Musso (2007), Mike Kolen (2008), Bobby Humphrey (2009), Bobby Bowden (2010) and Al Del Greco (2011).

The seventh edition of the BBVA Compass Bowl will match teams from the BIG EAST Conference (Pittsburgh) against the Southeastern Conference (Ole Miss). Players and coaches from both teams will attend the Monday Morning Quarterback Club Team Luncheon. The bowl game will be played Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012, at noon at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., and will be aired nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

Tickets to the seventh annual BBVA Compass Bowl are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased by calling (877) 464-9529 or through the Bowl's website at Tickets are also available at the Legion Field box office now through Saturday January 5th.

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 709 branches, including 368 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 79 in Arizona, 65 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and ranked third in American Banker's 2012 reputation study of the leading 30 banks in the U.S. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at


ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT's owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.


ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:

Collegiate Football
BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston); Texas Kickoff Classic (Houston); Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Sears Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (S.C.); DIRECTV Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Classic presented by Corona Extra (Madison Square Garden); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Bayamón); BracketBusters and State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)

Collegiate Lacrosse
ESPNU Warrior Classic

Additional Events
ESPN National Golf Challenge


For more information, visit

Rachel Margolis, ESPN at 860-766-2798 or; Ralph Evans, BBVA Compass at 205-297-3038 or; Norm Reilly, BBVA Compass Bowl Media Relations Director, 205-936-1793 or

Editor's Note:

BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.


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