Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Champions Bowl headed to SEC territory
By David Ubben
So much for JerryWorld.
The so-called Champions Bowl will essentially just be the new Sugar Bowl and be played in the Superdome in New Orleans, La, sources told ESPN.com.
From our news story:
New Orleans was chosen over the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. Two weeks ago, SEC commissioner Mike Slive told ESPN.com those cities were the two finalists.
Sources said one of the factors why the Sugar Bowl was selected was the SEC's long history in New Orleans. An SEC team played in the inaugural Sugar Bowl in 1935 and SEC teams have been a staple with the bowl game since.
Besides New Orleans and Arlington, the other cities submitting bids for the Champions game were Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio.
The game will take the name of the Sugar Bowl as the Champions Bowl name was a temporary placeholder.
Money is money, and the SEC and Big 12 will share and $80 million payout for the game, the same amount the Pac-12 and Big Ten get for the Rose Bowl.
Still, I'm sure Big 12 coaches are really fired up about having to play SEC teams down on the Bayou.
See more about the game in our news story.