he new Champions Bowl between the SEC and Big 12 will be played in New Orleans and adopt the Sugar Bowl as the game’s name. The conferences announced today New Orleans won the rights to the lucrative bowl for 12 years beginning Jan. 1, 2015. For months, the SEC’s strong preference was to stage the game at the Sugar Bowl given the SEC’s long history with the game.
Joe Castiglione can give an insight into the current college football season that few can offer. As the athletic director at Oklahoma, he’s watched his university’s football team play Kansas State and Notre Dame this season, two of the teams – along with Alabama and Oregon – most prominent in the projections for the BCS national championship game. Only three teams have played at least two of those four unbeaten squads this season – Oklahoma, Michigan and Miami (Fla.). The Sooners lost to Kansas State 24-19 on Sept. 22 and to Notre Dame 30-13 on Saturday. Those are Oklahoma’s only losses this season.
The SEC and Big 12 have sent Champions Bowl bid packages to 10 cities, according to sources familiar with the process. The proposals include bidding options unique to much of the bowl systems so the conferences can obtain a different view of how much revenue is available. New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, San Antonio, Nashville, Tampa and Jacksonville received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the game. ESPN first reported the cities that got bid packages.
Atlanta eyes Champions Bowl, national semifinal and/or national championship
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Slive says SEC & Big 12 won’t start negotiating the game’s value until BCS is settled
The Big 12 and the Southeastern conferences have announced a deal that will pit their football regular-season champions against each other in a New Years Day bowl game for five years beginning in 2014.
The Big 12 and SEC are now bowl partners like the Pac-12 and B1G, as the two conferences announced Friday morning in a release that they’ve reached a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a postseason game following the 2014 reg…
Mike Slive and the Southeastern Conference continue to put the squeeze on college football, and this time the SEC has an ally in the Big 12. In some respects it is more show than substance, because the new deal is dependent on the champions of both lea…
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Missouri demonstrated it’s ready to publicly dance with the SEC. But will enough SEC presidents agree to the overture? Two sources familiar with the SEC’s discussions about Missouri told The Birmingham News Wednesday that as of now it appears that a majority of SEC presidents and chancellors would support Missouri’s application. But the sources said that majority falls just short of the nine votes required to add a new member. One source said there’s a group of presidents that wants to sit tight, believing the SEC can do better than Missouri and that No. 14 should come from the East. According to both sources, Alabama wants to look East and not risk losing its annual game against Tennessee, while Auburn favors adding Missouri and moving to the Eastern Division.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – SEC athletics directors met today in Birmingham to discuss implementing Texas A&M into a 13-team league in 2012, a conference spokesman said. Two athletics directors said there was no discussion about scheduling for 14 teams. Missouri curators voted unanimously Tuesday night to give Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to look elsewhere rather than immediately commit to the Big 12. Several media outlets have reported Missouri wants to join the SEC, although the Associated Press quoted an anonymous Missouri official saying the school preferred the Big Ten the most. “We can’t talk about it,” Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said after the ADs met for about four hours at the SEC office. “We’re talking about A&M.”
The University of Missouri is not a member of the Southeastern Conference – yet. Maybe Mizzou never makes that move. But as of Tuesday night, it appears that the bags are packed, the front door is open and the car motor is running, at least in terms of Missouri leaving the Big 12. After a lengthy meeting of its Board of Curators, Missouri officials met the press. Those officials never mentioned “leaving,” applying a thick layer of the euphemistic “exploring options” instead. But if Missouri were intent on staying in the Big 12, the easiest comment in the world would have been “we’re staying.” And no one said that.
If the SEC goes into the 2012 season with 13 teams, it’s biggest immediate issue will be how to compile a conference schedule. A 13-team SEC will not be able to maintain its current schedule of eight conference games with each divisional rival playing each other and each team playing three cross-divisional games. The math doesn’t work. Slive and the SEC have created a “transition team” whose job it is to determine how to best incorporate the Aggies into the conference – whether they will join the SEC West, as Slive said “makes sense,” and how to juggle the resulting lopsided schedule.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Texas A&M and the SEC flirted in 2010. This time around, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin carefully crafted their marriage while dodging obstacles and encountering future questions that remain unanswered. Who will eventually join the SEC? Slive said he “anticipates” 13 members next year but knows there will be “enormous speculation” until there’s an even number. How will the SEC schedule with 13 in all sports? Slive passed on those questions until a transition team from the SEC office and Texas A&M provide recommendations for SEC athletics directors.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said today no schools are “currently under consideration by the SEC’s presidents and chancellors” to become the 14th member, adding that only new member Texas A&M has applied. Slive reiterated he “anticipates” having 13 schools in 2012-13 but knows there will be “enormous speculation” until there’s an even number. SEC rivalries and schedules, not to mention the future of other conferences, could be impacted whenever the league adds more. “Texas A&M came to us,” Slive said. “We have not initiated any conversations with any institution. This is about Texas A&M, understanding some of the complexities that 13 bring.”