"The Republic has been a longtime sponsor of the bowl, and Republic CEO and Publisher John Zidich is on the bowl's executive committee."
-- paragraph No. 14 in an Arizona Republic story today, revealing details of an investigation into spending irregularities at the Fiesta Bowl, one of college football's most prestigious championship events. Investigators found "a culture of excessive spending on bowl employees, politicians and business associates despite rules barring it from using its money to benefit individuals; a system of campaign contributions that could run afoul of state and federal campaign laws; and accounts of efforts by bowl staffers to mislead government investigators."
[Updated at 1:37 p.m. ET March 31. Arizona State University journalism professor Tim McGuire has now called on Zidich to either quit the Fiesta Bow -- or the Republic.]