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Report: Big 12 in discussions with Russell Athletic Bowl

Brittney Griner, Destiny Williams AP

The Big 12 announced in January it was taking part in preliminary discussions about a possible partnership with the ACC, among other conferences, over scheduling/marketing/television. Not coincidentally, the Big 12 also has plans to rearrange its bowl tie-ins to include games in Florida — specifically, the Capital One Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl were mentioned.

Per ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the Big 12 is indeed in talks with the Russell Athletic Bowl about replacing the Big East beginning in 2014. The Big 12 would play a team from the ACC.

The Capital One Bowl, which is also played in Orlando, currently pairs teams from the Big Ten and SEC. There’s no word so far if the Big 12 is in discussions with the Capital One Bowl about a possible tie-in.

As we’ve said before, the Big 12 wanting to expand its footprint into Florida makes sense for a variety of reasons. Barring an unforeseen circumstance, the Russell Athletic Bowl would probably be much happier with a Big 12 team in the future as well.

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5 Responses to “Report: Big 12 in discussions with Russell Athletic Bowl”
  1. Duke says: Mar 8, 2013 11:03 AM

    Is this more smoke to some sort of Big 12-ACC merger? Seems more and more likely that the ACC is going to be split up three ways between SEC, Big Ten, and Big Twelve.

  2. MasMacho says: Mar 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    I thought Russell Athletic played for the Seahawks. Now he’s talking about playing against B12 schools in a bowl game? I’m so confused.

  3. barbeaux says: Mar 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    There’s a Russell athletic bowl?

  4. wustlumdnj says: Mar 8, 2013 11:01 PM


  5. jjsooner says: Mar 9, 2013 11:02 AM

    The Big 12 needs to add Louisville and Florida State and get back to 12 teams. So they want a bigger “footprint” in Florida? That’s how you do it. Just MHO.

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