Conference USA gains 5th bowl

Conference USA has entered into an agreement to participate in the latest certified bowl, which will be played in Fort Worth, Texas.

Thursday afternoon the NCAA announced that they had certified the new Fort Worth Bowl. The new bowl will pit a Conference USA team versus one from the Big 12 Conference.

"The Fort Worth Bowl organization came to us very well prepared with conference and television commitments, as well as good facilities and support from its community. We believe they will sponsor an event that will be good experiences for student-athletes," said Tim Curley, athletics director at Penn State and the chair of the Football Certification Subcommittee.

The addition of the Fort Worth Bowl gives C-USA five bowl ties for the 2003 football season. The leagues other bowl games are the GMAC, Hawaii, New Orleans and Liberty Bowl.

Amon G. Carter Stadium
The NCAA also announced today that the Seattle Bowl, which hosted teams from the ACC and the Big 12, did not get recertified. That move drops the number of bowls for the ACC from six down to five.

The Fort Worth Bowl will be played on December 23rd in TCU's (a C-USA member) 46,000-seat Amon G. Carter Stadium.

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