The Big East has inked a deal with the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando that essentially replaces the Gator Bowl as the conference’s most prestigious bowl affiliation. A Big East team would be eligible following the 2011 season.

The Champs Bowl will have the option of choosing Notre Dame once in four years over the second-ranked conference team, unlike the Gator Bowl which could have chosen the Irish twice in that time. The bowl also is strongly affiliated with the Atlantic Coast Conference.CitrusBowl

Orange County and the City of Orlando have committed $175 million for the first-ever renovation to the 70-year old facility. The stadium will begin a major transformation which will be completed by 2012. Capacity is 65,000-plus.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

6 thoughts on “Big East Football Connects With Champs Bowl”
  1. Notre Dame needs to be IN or OUT of the Big East. This partners with benefits crap is getting really old.

  2. Agreed, but this is a nice adition to the Big East bowl tie ins. Of course in a perfect world Notre Dame would be in the Big East in football and each conference winner would thne go to a playoff format to determine a real national champion. But heck i’ll take this for starters.

  3. Florida bowl games are good. Any bowl games right now would be good, but in lieu of a NCAA playoff system, I’ll take a Florida bowl in the mix for BE teams.

  4. One step at a time to improve our situation. Sure would be nice to be born into a situation where you don’t have to work so hard or so long.

  5. Hey Charlie, are you sure that picture you have of Brighthouse Stadium hasn’t been doctored? I know when it opened, the capacity was about 45K. Is the capacity supposed to be 65K in 2011?

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