Notes: Big East bowl announcement today
The Big East is expected to announce a new addition to its future bowl lineup today, with a teleconference at 2 p.m. with commissioner John Marinatto.
ESPN.com has already reported on the league's likely involvement with the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando starting next season -- the announcement isn't exactly shrouded in mystery, in that the release sent to media outlets this morning was a document titled "champsadvisory.doc."
The Champs agreement will pit the Big East against an ACC team, and is expected to include Notre Dame as an option instead of a Big East school once during the upcoming four-year bowl period.
The top of the order for the Big East is expected to be its automatic BCS bid, followed by the Champs, the Sun Bowl in El Paso and the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. That leaves two slots to fill, with existing relationships with St. Petersburg, Birmingham and Toronto.
St. Petersburg Bowl executive director Brett Dulaney said Monday that he expects his bowl to be part of the league's new bowl lineup. The Big East went to bat with ESPN Regional just a year ago to get the bowl certified, and the bowl's location gives the league another warm-weather bowl destination. What should be curious is where the other half of the bowl matchup comes from -- can the game upgrade to having two BCS-conference teams after just two seasons?
More morning notes -- we'll have more from practice around 11 a.m. ...
-- Good story on starting running back Mo Plancher in today's Fort Myers News-Press. May have some news on Plancher later today ...
-- Mike Ford's hometown paper, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, writes on his suspension and seems to support the possibility of it being related to USF's new policy on unexcused absences in class.
-- USF tight ends coach and offensive grad assistant Steve Bird gets a mention in a Rivals.com story on how more colleges are using their GA spots essentially as extra full-time assistants.
-- USF's student ice hockey team, the Ice Bulls, has a new website.
-- Former USF receiver Taurus Johnson has one more established veteran to beat out in Chiefs camp as Kansas City signed Ashley Lelie on Monday.
-- UFL roster news: The good news for Bulls fans? The league now has former Bulls Frank Davis (Las Vegas) and Richard Clebert (New York) on its rosters. The bad news? The league has Clebert playing at The University of Southern Florida.
-- Fanhouse.com writes about USF kicker Maikon Bonani from Saturday's media day.
-- Receiver Dwayne Difton, once a USF commitment, could be starting for Connecticut as a freshman. Difton's not the only key Huskies player pulled away from the Bulls -- cornerback Jasper Howard from Miami Edison once hoped to follow teammate Jackie Chambers to USF.