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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bowling in South Florida

   The Big East made two improvements to its bowl lineup today when the NCAA certified the inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl.

    The St. Petersburg Bowl, a creation of ESPN Regional Television, will air on ESPN and pit a Big East team against a team from Conference USA. The Big East’s participation in the bowl was in concert with a change in the Papa John’s Bowl, which will now pit a Big East team against a team from the SEC.

   Previously, a Big East representative played a Conference USA representative in the Papa John’s Bowl. Last year, Cincinnati beat Southern Mississippi 31-21

   Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese has long talked of wanting to play a bowl game against teams from the SEC and/or the Big Ten, and one of those goals was realized yesterday.

    “We have always wanted to have a bowl relationship with the Southeastern Conference,” Tranghese said in a statement. “We believe the game will continue to prosper under the Big East and SEC banners.” 


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