Monday, June 3, 2013
Big 12 says goodbye to the Pinstripe Bowl
By David Ubben
Later today, the Pinstripe Bowl will announce a partnership with the Big Ten, sources told colleague Brett McMurphy. In the game, the Big Ten will annually play an ACC team, too, which means the four-year deal between the bowl, the Big 12 and the Big East will be coming to an end.
You'll be hard pressed to find many in Big 12 country shedding a tear this afternoon. The deal is expected to kick in for the 2014 season, which gives the Big 12 and the American Athletic Conference one more year to make the trek to the new Yankee Stadium in New York City to play a bowl game.
Kansas State played in the inaugural game back in 2010 and encountered major snow storms that produced travel difficulties for fans and the team and forced the Wildcats to practice in a hotel ballroom. West Virginia dealt with nearly identical troubles last season and played the actual game in a blizzard.
The Big 12's 0-3 record in the game (Iowa State was beaten by Rutgers, 27-13, in 2011) doesn't help. Difficulty for teams and media to reach practice sites during bowl week also drew complaints, and the open-air press box in a frigid New York December isn't exactly the product of well thought-out genius. Press box inhabitants have been given gloves and hats for past games.
Trekking to New York City the week of New Year's Eve isn't exactly cheap for teams or fans, either.
Having a bowl game in Yankee Stadium and giving fans a reason to spend New Year's Eve in New York City sounded cool in theory. The logistical issues in making it happen, though, produced quite a few headaches. As the Big 12 shifts its bowl lineup moving forward and tries to find a new home in Florida in the Russell Athletic Bowl or Gator Bowl, plenty of folks across the league will be saying good riddance to the game.