Russell Athletic Bowl

No. 16 Stanford, minus McCaffery, ready for Sun Bowl vs UNC

Christian McCaffery isn't at the Sun Bowl with his Stanford teammates. That doesn't mean the star running back hasn't been a topic of discussion.

McCaffrey helped spark a national discussion when he decided to skip not only his senior season for the NFL but Friday's bowl game pitting the No. 16 Cardinal (9-3) against North Carolina (8-4). LSU's Leonard Fournette is skipping a bowl game, too, and some argued the players were leaving their teams in the lurch even as their teammates and coaches defended the decisions.

"Well, we would be lying if we said we weren't a little disappointed, but at the same time we are also understanding," Sun Bowl executive director...