Monday, May 6, 2013
Future Big East bowl picture still murky
By Andrea Adelson
While there has not been much definitive chatter out of the league office about what will happen to future bowl tie-ins, chatter from other places has helped fill in the blanks.
Not surprisingly, the soon-to-be renamed Big East looks like it will have a radically different bowl picture.
Last week, my colleague over at the ACC blog, Heather Dinich, cited sources in reporting that the ACC has its eyes on the New Era Pinstripe Bowl AND the Belk Bowl may move to an ACC-SEC matchup. ACC commissioner John Swofford told her:
"Nothing has been solidified yet," Swofford said. "We spent two days in Charlotte this week with our current bowl partners as well as potential future bowl partners, and with the increased depth and quality of our bowl lineup, I don't think there's any question that our lineup for the future will be enhanced."
Premature or not, none of this is good news for the future American Athletic Conference bowl schedule. The Big East has had a tie-in with the Pinstripe Bowl since it was created a few years ago, though it is less attractive now with Northeast schools Syracuse, Rutgers and Pitt gone to different conferences (Syracuse and Rutgers are the only two Big East teams that have played in the game's three-year history).
The Big East has a tie-in to the Belk Bowl that expires at the end of this season.
The ACC also appears to be in position to maintain its tie-in to the Russell Athletic Bowl, but will the AAC?
There has been some talk from Big East officials about a plan to pursue tie-ins into Texas. What could be an option is to look at some of the tie-ins Conference USA has now given the former league schools now in the Big East.