Big East Looks At Western Bowl Games For Expansion In '14Published June 6, 2012
BIGGER, BETTER TEAMS: The UNION-TRIBUNE's Schrotenboer noted the Holiday Bowl “wants to move up and be a bigger player in the new college football postseason.” Possibilities include “changing conference partners and bidding for better picks,” instead of hosting their usual “middle-rung teams.” Binkowski said, “We’re going to be aggressive. I don’t know what that means, but we’re going to be aggressive.” Schrotenboer noted the move will “depend on two key factors." Those factors include an “increase in ticket prices” and the possibilities determined “by the fallout from several postseason changes being planned for 2014 and beyond.” Binkowski said that the fallout “might not be known for another year.” He added, "It is not our intention to be knocked down. It is our intention to see if we can move back up. We’re going to have to look at what the cost is going to be, but we’re going to look at moving up, if at all possible” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/2).
DETROIT WHEELIN': In Detroit, Terry Foster noted there is a "local movement under way to bring the BCS football championship game to Ford Field." Once the postseason format is finalized, Detroit will likely “make a bid and compete with the popular warm-weather cities” for the game. IndyCar and NASCAR team Owner Roger Penske said, “Things that are important and exciting in sports are things we need to do and we need to bring to our city." Lions President Tom Lewand “confirmed that Ford Field would be interested in hosting the game.” But he said, “Until we know what it will look like, it's tough to get into it." Foster noted Little Caesars Pizza Bowl co-founder Ken Hoffman “also believes Detroit is a good spot to hold the title game.” Hoffman said, "If (the cold) is not a detriment to the Super Bowl, I don't know why it would be a detriment for any other event. We understand the attraction of southern warm-weather bowls, but people also need to understand the value that other states have" (DETROIT NEWS, 6/4).
REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD: The AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl yesterday announced a two-year agreement with the SEC, which will match the conference’s No. 9 selection (after the BCS selections) against the ACC's No. 6 for the ‘12 and ‘13 games. The announcement is a reunion for the two entities as they previously partnered for 15 years from ‘95-'09. This agreement ends the game's relationship with the Mountain West Conference, which began in ’10. The MWC has reached a two-year agreement with the Armed Forces Bowl for ‘12-13 (Independence Bowl).
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