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Wisneski will make an initial appearance in federal court later this month. She did not return calls for comment after the indictment was announced.

Shelton sat on the BCS oversight committee when the Fiesta Bowl’s report was taken up, although he recused himself from the talks because he was from Arizona. He said the bowl’s internal report was considered accurate and thorough, and the oversight committee laid out requirements for the bowl to retain its BCS status.

“I feel very comfortable that we have met those requirements as laid out in the BCS report,” he said. “But I am not sitting back sanguine and saying we don’t need to do anything more. We are going to continue to review our policies, our practices, and make sure that above and beyond whatever the BCS recommended we would be a first-rate, transparent (nonprofit) organization.”

The bowl has asked the politicians, including U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl of Arizona, to return the contributions. Kyl and McCain instead gave the money to charity. The Fiesta Bowl also sent politicians accountings of gifts they received, such as game tickets, and asked them to justify the expenses while implying the Internal Revenue Service would be notified.

Those actions angered many politicians, prompting calls to Shelton. But he said the bowl’s board did it as part of its efforts to make things right.

Shelton said he knows he has a difficult job, mending fences, fixing years of moral lapses at the bowl and working to grow the franchise. He also knows the fallout from the Junker era will continue.

That’s especially true in an era when athletes and coaches have become used to being wined and dined and receiving gifts from bowl game sponsors.

“My thought is we need to play in that game, but we need to be logical and rational about it,” Shelton said.

“We’re going to continue our hospitality. But you can give great hospitality without lavishing gifts on people. We’re going to follow the guidelines of both the NCAA and the BCS. And I think what sets the Fiesta Bowl apart, isn’t whether you get a watch, or whether you get to stay at the Biltmore, what sets it apart is all those people in yellow jackets that are there, all those volunteers, that are there saying `Oh, a glitch has occurred, we’ll take care of it.’”