Big East Announces Agreements with International Bowl And Birmingham Bowl

May 1, 2006

Courtesy of the Big East Conference


PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has aligned itself with two new bowls - the International Bowl in Toronto, Ontario, and the Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., -- Commissioner Michael Tranghese announced.


The two bowls were approved by the NCAA Bowl Certification Committee on April 27.  The new agreements currently give the BIG EAST a total of six bowl deals.


In the International Bowl, the BIG EAST will meet a team from the Mid-American Conference.  In the Birmingham Bowl, the BIG EAST will play a team from Conference USA.


"We're very excited to be associated with these two new bowls and extremely pleased with the number of bowl opportunities that we have for this season and beyond," said Tranghese.  "BIG EAST football fans now have even more attractive postseason destinations."


The International Bowl will be played in the Rogers Centre on Jan. 6.  The Birmingham Bowl will be played at Legion Field on Dec. 23.  Both games will be televised by one of the ESPN networks.   


The BIG EAST champion automatically qualifies for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.  After the BCS representative has been determined, a BIG EAST team will go to the Toyota Gator Bowl or the Vitalis Sun Bowl.


Then, the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. will select a BIG EAST team.


Earlier this year, the BIG EAST announced an agreement with the Houston Bowl.  The NCAA Bowl Certification Committee gave the Houston Bowl a 60-day extension before making a decision on certification.


The BIG EAST Conference was created in 1979, is a founding member of the Bowl Championship Series and represents eight Division I-A member institutions for football including the University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Louisville, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, Syracuse University and West Virginia University.




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