Sun Belt Conference reaches four-year extension with Bowl

Lucas Aulbach

Fans still disappointed that WKU didn’t make a bowl game this season have a little something to smile about today.

Officials from the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference announced that the Bowl will continue to match teams from the two conferences through the 2017 football season.

The previous agreement said the bowl, played annually in Mobile, Alabama, would feature teams from the two conferences through 2013. The new agreement extends the deal for four more years.

Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said the extension will benefit the conference moving forward.

“The Bowl is a perfect fit for our rising football league and we are very excited to continue to have this great bowl game as a partner,” he said. “The city of Mobile and the Bowl work hard to make this a first class event for our student-athletes, fans and administrators.”

The Bowl has been sanctioned by the NCAA since 1999. Last season Northern Illinois topped Sun Belt champion Arkansas State by the score of 38-20.

The game will be played next season on January 6, 2013, and will be televised nationally on ESPN.