A number of country stars - including Alan Jackson, Sara Evans, Dwight Yoakam and Wynonna Judd - find themselves with unexpected free time. They were among the performers who had signed up for the Gridiron Bash, a contest that tied college football and music together in an amped-up pep rally that would lead to a charitable donation to the winning schools in a cross-country vote.
All of the concerts were slated to take place in April on the eve of the spring football game at more than a dozen stadiums. Sara was to open for Kid Rock at LSU on Friday, Alan had been pegged to perform at the University of Alabama April 11, and three concerts had country stars playing April 18: Dwight Yoakam in West Virginia; Montgomery Gentry and Taylor Swift in Tennessee; and Dierks Bentley and Wynonna Judd in Kentucky.
According to The Denver Post, MSL Sports & Entertainment hoped to gross $15 million with the Bash until the project collapsed when the NCAA indicated some of the plans for the Bash, which included free concert tickets and endorsements by the players, might have a negative impact on the athletes' eligibility. MSL representatives claimed the NCAA ruling came late in the game. The NCAA insisted MSL failed to ask about the rules until last week.
MSL hopes to reinstate the Bash at a later date.