Friday, August 14, 2009
Source: Big East to tweak bowl deals
By Brian Bennett ESPN.com
The Big East is close to a deal that would send its No. 2 team to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando and its No. 3 to the Sun Bowl, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN.com.
The league's current deal, which ends after this season, has its No. 2 team going to the Gator Bowl or Sun Bowl, with Notre Dame eligible to be taken in place of the Big East twice in a four-year span.
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The Gator Bowl likely will end its relationship with the Big East and instead sign a deal with the Big Ten. The Big East's agreement with the Champs Sports Bowl would still include Notre Dame, but the game could select the Fighting Irish instead of a league team only once every four years, the source said.
The conference's No. 4 team would then go to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., the source said. Currently, the Meineke gets the No. 3 team from the Big East.
The league is still reviewing its options for its fourth, fifth and sixth slots. Possibilities include the International, Papajohns.com and St. Petersburg bowls -- all of which are part of the current lineup -- or new affiliations.
A newly created game in New York City also remains a possibility.
Brian Bennett covers Big East football for ESPN.com.