The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


August 19, 2013

New Alabama bowl game to pit Sun Belt vs. MAC

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Teams from the Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference will meet in a new bowl game in Alabama's state capital, and both leagues are still hoping to reach another postseason deal.

ESPN announced its latest postseason game, the Camellia Bowl, Monday at Montgomery's City Hall. It will debut in December 2014 under a six-year contract.

The game will be held at recently renovated 25,000-seat Cramton Bowl, formerly host to the Blue-Gray game, before Christmas day.

The two leagues might not be done in finding new bowl deals.

Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said his conference is hoping to sign a contract for a fourth game before the current bowl cycle ends, possibly in Little Rock, Ark., or Orlando.

The league, which is undergoing another membership makeover in the next two seasons, sent Louisiana-Monroe into the Independence Bowl last season when that game didn't have a second eligible team with its contracted conference.

"Six years ago, when it started, the Sun Belt was a fledgling conference," Benson said. "We had two guaranteed (bowls). We quickly outgrew those two. I think four is the right number.

"There's probably another six-month window that's still available to secure another bowl game before the 2014 season. We have not ruled out any of these potential bowl sites."

MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher expects to add a fifth bowl, but declined to mention specific cities.

"It's part of the package we were putting together and we're pleased with it," Steinbrecher said. "I am really, really excited about the possibilities here."

The MAC had a record seven bowl-eligible teams last season and has averaged nearly six over the past five years. Temple went 8-4 in 2010 and was shut out of the postseason.

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