Thursday, April 19, 2018
Colleges

St. Petersburg's Beef O'Brady's Bowl, C-USA extend USA deal

The Beef O'Brady's Bowl, held annually at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, extended its agreement with Conference USA on Tuesday.

C-USA has sent a team there in each of the bowl's five seasons. UCF, an incoming member of the American Athletic Conference this season, has played in St. Petersburg twice, including last year's 38-17 victory over Ball State.

The bowl will take a Conference USA team in three out of six seasons beginning in 2014. Most bowl agreements end after this season as a new structure to replace the Bowl Championship Series is put in place.

The opponent in the bowl has been from the Big East, whose remaining members are in the rebranded American conference. A team from the American will face a C-USA team in this year's game, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 23.

C-USA has six new football-playing schools this season including Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

The league also signed deals with the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque and the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu. C-USA will send teams to three of those five games each year.

American TV deal: CBS Sports Network will air 13 to 15 American Athletic Conference football games starting in 2014 and up to 30 basketball games from the conference starting with the upcoming season under a sublicensing agreement with ESPN. The deal, for 25 basketball games this season, runs through the 2019-20 basketball season. CBSSN will get defending national champion Louisville, in its last season before the school departs for the ACC, five times this season. The deal also includes five women's basketball games per season including three appearances this season by defending champion Connecticut. League commissioner Mike Aresco is the former executive vice president of programming for CBS Sports.

Alabama: Coach Nick Saban suspended sophomore cornerback Geno Smith for the opener with Virginia Tech after a drunken driving arrest. Smith, a projected starter at nickel, was arrested Sunday and charged with DUI.

Notre Dame: Linebacker Danny Spond says he decided to end his playing career after suffering a paralyzing migraine headache for a second straight year.

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