Digital Access

Digital Access
Access daily-chronicle.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more!

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
NIU

New Alabama bowl game to pit Sun Belt vs. MAC

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – 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.

The MAC already had deals to send teams to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise and GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala., plus status as a backup option for some of the ESPN-owned games.

Loading more