Bowl Extension

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Big East Conference has extended its relationship with the Meineke Car Care Bowl, Commissioner Michael Tranghese announced.

The Big East's agreement with the Meineke Car Care Bowl will run through the 2009 season. The bowl will have the third selection from the league. The Big East champion receives an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series. After the league's BCS representative has been determined, the Toyota Gator Bowl or Vitalis Sun Bowl will have the opportunity to select a Big East team.

The Big East has been aligned with the Meineke Car Care Bowl, which is operated by Raycom Sports, since the inception of the game in 2002. The bowl has averaged nearly 64,000 fans each season and has been sold out twice.

In 2006, the game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET. The Meineke Car Care Bowl is played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. and is televised on ESPN.

"Our relationship with the Meineke Bowl and the people at Raycom Sports has been very fruitful for both parties," said Tranghese. "We're thrilled that we can extend the partnership. Our participating schools have had great experiences in Charlotte."

The University of South Florida represented the Big East in last year's game.

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