Courtesy of the Mid-American Conference
CLEVELAND - For the first time in its 64-year history, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) will have five bowl relationshipsâ€”three (3) primary and two (2) secondaryâ€”for the next four football seasons (2010-2013). The five agreements, approved by the MAC Council of Presidents, were granted licenses today by the NCAA.
The MACâ€™s three primary bowl agreements are with the Little Caesarâ€™s Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Mich.), GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) and Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, Ida.). The primary agreement with the Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl replaces the International Bowl, which hosted the MACâ€™s No. 3 selection the past four years (2006-09) in Toronto, Ont., Canada. The Little Caesarâ€™s Pizza Bowl will have the MACâ€™s No. 1 selection in 2010 and 2012, with the GMAC Bowl having the No. 1 selection in 2011 and 2013. The Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl will own the MACâ€™s third selection of bowl eligible teams all four years.
In addition, the MAC has secured two secondary agreements over the next four years with the Papajohns.com Bowl (2010-2013), the Dallas Football Classic (2010 and 2012) and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (formerly the Emerald Bowl)/San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl/New Mexico Bowl (2011 and 2013).
â€œI am very pleased with our bowl agreements for the next four seasons,â€ said MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. â€œWe have a very solid relationship with our primary bowl partners and we look forward to continuing to expand these relationships. The addition of the secondary agreements provides our conference the opportunity to build on relationships with multiple bowl groups and ultimately give our member institutions an expanded platform for their programs and student-athletes to perform with other FBS conferences on a national stage.â€
The secondary agreement with the Papajohns.com Bowl, located in Birmingham, Ala., will see the MAC serve as the back-up to both the Southeastern Conference (SEC) No. 8/9 and Big East No. 5/6 selections. The MAC will serve as the second back-up in the Dallas Football Classic in 2010 and 2012, a new bowl game played in the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas Football Classicâ€™s primary agreements are Big Ten No. 7 vs. Big 12 No. 8.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl/Poinsettia Bowl/New Mexico Bowl secondary agreement for 2011 and 2013 is as follows: the MAC will back-up Army in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (2011) and Poinsettia Bowl (2013) with the understanding that if Army is not bowl eligible, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) will vacate the New Mexico Bowl and provide a team to the Kraft Fight Hunger and Poinsettia Bowl. The MAC will then provide a team to the New Mexico Bowl against a team from the Mountain West Conference (MWC).
Last year, the MAC placed five teams in bowl games for only the third time in conference history. In 2009, the MAC had three primary relationships (Ohio in Little Caesarâ€™s Pizza Bowl; Northern Illinois in the International Bowl; and Central Michigan in GMAC Bowl) and no secondary agreements. However, the conference was able to place both Temple (EagleBank Bowl against UCLA) and Bowling Green (Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl against Idaho) as at-large selections.
2010 Football Bowl Agreements
Roadyâ€™s Humanitarian Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Little Caesarâ€™s Pizza Bowl, Sunday, Dec. 26 or Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, TBA (ESPN or ESPN2)
Dallas Football Classic, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPNU)
GMAC Bowl, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Papajohns.com Bowl, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, Noon ET (ESPN)