The NCAA on Tuesday approved three new bowl games for the 2015 season, bringing the total to 42, multiple national media outlets reported Tuesday night.
There is apparent confusion, however, as to which of the three – new bowls in Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Tucson, Arizona – will have a primary tie-in with the Sun Belt Conference.
ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy on Tuesday night reported the matchups as the American Athletic Association vs. the Sun Belt in both Orlando and Austin, and the Mountain West vs. Conference USA in Tucson.
CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd, however, reported Tuesday that “the Austin game will feature a matchup between teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt” and that “in Tucson and Orlando, representatives from Conference USA and the Mountain West will meet.”
Last April, when official announcement of the Cure Bowl in Orlando was made, that game was initially billed as American Athletic Association vs. Sun Belt.
A Sun Belt spokesman on early Wednesday afternoon was not able to immediately clear up the confusion, texting “Nothing new from us to report on bowls.”
The Sun Belt already has tie-ins with the New Orleans Bowl (which UL of the Sun Belt has won four straight times); the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Alabama (which SBC-member Arkansas State has been to four straight times); and the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama (which SBC-member South Alabama went to last year).
A proposed new bowl in Little Rock, Ark., that would have included a Sun Belt team applied for NCAA approval, then withdrew after postponing plans to stage the game in 2015.