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Holiday Bowl now a part of B1G’s postseason slate, too

Holiday Bowl

On the heels of an announcement regarding an agreement with a San Francisco-area bowl game, the Big Ten has announced a tie-in with another one further south down the coast.

The Big Ten confirmed Monday afternoon that, yes, it has reached an agreement on a six-year partnership with the Holiday Bowl.  As was the case with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the partnership will run from 2014-2019.    The Big Ten will replace the Big 12, which has sent teams to that game the past 18 years.

The release further stated the Big Ten team that will represent the conference against the Pac-12 will be determined after discussion between bowl and conference officials to create the best possible matchup.

Also stipulated in the new agreement is that no team from the Big Ten can appear in the Holiday Bowl more than twice in the six-year span.

The last time the Big Ten played in the Holiday Bowl was 1994, the final year of a three-year arrangement the Big Ten had with the San Diego-based postseason game.

“The Big Ten Conference is pleased to return to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said.  “During the bowl evaluation process we heard our Directors of Athletics and head coaches tell us that the Holiday Bowl was a reward destination they wanted the conference to be a part of.  The Holiday Bowl has a long history and tradition of managing bowl games that have tremendous appeal to participating teams and their fans, and we are excited by the opportunity to return to an area of Southern California that has such a strong and vibrant Big Ten football following.”

The Pac-12 also extended its arrangement with the Holiday Bowl through the same timeframe as the Big Ten’s.  The Holiday will receive the No. 3 choice of teams from that conference after the Rose/Playoff and Alamo bowls.

The game following the 2013 season will mark the 16th consecutive year the Pac-12 has played in the Holiday Bowl.

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6 Responses to “Holiday Bowl now a part of B1G’s postseason slate, too”
  1. bertenheim says: Jun 24, 2013 7:43 PM

    Great destination. Lousy match-up (Big Ten no. 5 v. Pac 12 no. 4).

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jun 24, 2013 10:27 PM

    Will either have at least 7 wins? If not, cancel. 6 wins does not earn a bowl game.

  3. dmvtransplant says: Jun 25, 2013 1:50 AM

    Well at least someone will play a post season game in the Chargers stadium.

    Still a better location than Jacksonville, FL.

  4. florida727 says: Jun 26, 2013 9:15 AM

    “The Big Ten Conference is pleased to return to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. “During the bowl evaluation process we heard our Directors of Athletics and head coaches tell us that the Holiday Bowl was a reward destination they wanted the conference to be a part of. The Holiday Bowl has a long history and tradition of managing bowl games that have tremendous appeal to participating teams and their fans, and we are excited by the opportunity to return to an area of Southern California that has such a strong and vibrant Big Ten football following.”

    TRANSLATION: We think we can convince fans of a 6-6 team to go to a bowl game against an equally inept opponent as long as it’s in a warm weather location. Okay. San Diego works.

  5. florida727 says: Jun 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    #dmv, have you ever been to Jacksonville? This is at least the second post of yours I’ve read in the last 10 minutes that bashes Jacksonville. My guess is you’re just an uninformed hater who’s never been there. Grow up. Would you rather be in New York in the snow in late-December or early-January? If so, go. We won’t miss you.

  6. dmvtransplant says: Jun 26, 2013 6:33 PM

    @ florida727

    Actually if you’re going to insult someone you should at least know the facts. If the question is if I’ve been to Jacksonville?

    Answer: I hope Super Bowl 39 counts? The game itself was fine, but the downtown area stinks and I could go on forever about the locals, but I won’t lower myself to your level.

    I’ve been to the town for the biggest football game in America and if the NFL couldn’t get it right I doubt the college level can either(every friend I have that goes to the Gator Bowl complains). There is a reason the league never let the town host another Super Bowl, instead planning to play a game in snow around the NYC area.

    If need more information from me feel free to ask before you just assume? God Bless

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