Posted August 20, 2013

Report: Conference USA to play in bowls in Boca Raton, Bahamas starting in ’14

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C-USA will reportedly play bowl games in Boca Raton and the Bahamas starting in 2014. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

Dust off your sandals, Conference USA. You might need them at your next bowl destination.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that C-USA teams will play in new bowl games set to take place in Boca Raton, Fla., and the Bahamas starting in 2014. Those destinations add to an already action-packed college football postseason, which has 38 bowls and counting beginning next year.

Naturally, the beach-bound bowl announcement sparked quite a reaction:

16 comments
JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

College sports really needs more bowl games.

RandallAllen
RandallAllen

Why?  There are too many bowl games already.  These will be just two more worthless bowls for teams finish the season a mediocre 6-and-6...

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

This is awesome news! Can't wait to see those C-USA teams play in Boca Raton and the Bahamas. Man, I need to go ahead and circle the dates in red, take some time off from work, and invite 30 or so friends over for a day-long fiesta. I'm already so psyched I can hardly zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......................

mystafugee
mystafugee

As far as the whole teams with 6-6 records, all bowl games outside of the title game are meaningless.  

CoryDowns
CoryDowns

What the hell do these games hurt?  All kids cant go to Bama or Ohio State but still bust their asses and they deserve  something for the effort. God knows the ncaa isn't going to reward these athletes. If you don't like the games don't watch them!!!!!!

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

I have no interest in seeing 6-6 teams from Conference USA in meaningless bowl games. I don't think even their respective schools would be interested, either. 

PaulDavidson1
PaulDavidson1

greeeeeat, yet another set of bowl games featuring (at best) teams with a 6-6 record.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@sillyusername @mystafugee who really cares?  So what did Louisville get for winning the Sugar Bowl?  Some trophy and that's it.  To be honest, Florida shouldn't even have been there, basically Georgia was punished for finishing AHEAD of Florida in their division since it meant an extra game and the inevitable defeat to Alabama. 

As for the importance of bowl games, there's a reason they stopped playing the 3rd place game in the NCAA tournament.  

CoryDowns
CoryDowns

@mystafugee @CoryDowns Yet a company like espn, who I am pretty sure is out to make money, creates two bowls.  Again these games hurt no one because there is no law forcing anyone to watch them.  The athletes who work just as hard as the the ones at the big schools get rewarded and people who like any football get to watch. Where is the harm?

mike.russell
mike.russell

@CoryDowns @doublejtrain68  Bowls at these sites will strengthen the participating conferences.  Maybe not a great, Top 25 season, but going to the Bahamas or South Florida during the holidays will be a nice reward for the teams, and makes the chance of it an attraction for recruits.  In the olden days, players talked about the Hall of Fame Bowl as a real gift despite its lack of prestige, because of the good location, freebies, and hospitality.

sillyusername
sillyusername

@mystafugee @sillyusername What did Louisville get?? Are you kidding??? Uof L got a bigger "bump" in national respect by beating Florida in a BCS Bowl than everything they've accomplished in the History of their football program put together. Ask Boise State what kind of lasting effect that kind of accomplishment can have. Of course, there was nothing of the sort to be accomplished by Florida...which is obviously the reason UL won...well, that, and the fact that QB of theirs is just damned good.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@CoryDowns @mystafugee Well, schools DO lose money on these games.  Not that I have a lot of sympathy for these schools seeing how they make millions off unpaid players.