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BYU, American Athletic Conference announce bowl agreement

By Jeff Call, Deseret News

Published: Tue, April 29 11:45 a.m. MDT

 The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl will take place in December at Marlins Park in Miami.

The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl will take place in December at Marlins Park in Miami.

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PROVO — BYU’s long-awaited 2014 bowl plans became official Tuesday.

The Cougars have agreed to play in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl in December at Marlins Park in Miami.

The American Athletic Conference, which owns and administers the bowl, made the announcement. The Miami Beach Bowl will pit BYU against an AAC opponent. Date, time and broadcast information will be released later.

For months, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe has said he has been working on “something new” for this year’s bowl destination.

“We are excited our football program has the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl against a team from the AAC,” Holmoe said in a statement. “Marlins Park is a fantastic facility and we look forward to being in Miami in December.”

The Cougars, presuming they are bowl eligible, will play in the Miami Beach Bowl unless they are selected to the college football playoff or one of the New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day bowl games.

BYU plays three AAC foes during the regular season — at UConn (in the season-opener on Aug. 29), against Houston (on Sept. 11) and at Central Florida (Oct. 9).

“We are excited about this outstanding opportunity to have one of our teams play BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl,” said AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco. “Our representative will have the opportunity to compete against a respected and accomplished BYU team with a storied history and national following, which will make the Miami Beach Bowl one of the most exciting postseason games in 2014. This matchup quickly establishes the game as one of the premier bowls in the coming years.”

The Cougars are scheduled to play in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego in 2016 and 2018. They have not announced any bowl arrangements for 2015.

BYU has played in a bowl game in the state of Florida twice — the 1976 Tangerine Bowl and the 1985 Citrus Bowl. Both games were played in Orlando, and the Cougars lost both games, to Oklahoma State and Ohio State, respectively. The Cougars are 0-5 all-time in games played in the Sunshine State.

“We are delighted to have Brigham Young University on board for the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl,” said Miami Beach Bowl executive director Carlos Padilla. “BYU is one of the most-respected programs, with one of the most passionate fan bases in the nation. With BYU and an American Athletic Conference team in our first game, we expect to have great interest and support from the Miami and Miami Beach communities and will deliver an exciting game for college football fans everywhere.”

Marlins Park, home of the Miami Beach Bowl, opened in 2012 and is also home of the Major League Baseball franchise, the Miami Marlins. Marlins Park holds 34,000 seats for football and features 50 luxury suites, a retractable roof, climate controlled temperatures and a natural grass surface.

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1. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
April 29, 2014

I'm just surprised that powerhouse byu and ESPN couldn't get a bowl game against any power conference?

Why wouldn't the pac 12 want a big time bowl game against big time byu?
Why wouldn't the big 12(only 10 teams because no one else is worthy) want a big time bowl game against big time byu?
Why wouldn't the SEC want a big time bowl game against big time byu?
Why wouldn't the Big 10 want a big time bowl game against big time byu?
Why wouldn't the ACC want a big time bowl game against big time byu?

2. Kaladin
Greeley, CO,
April 29, 2014

I don't have to say much - will just refer you all to what was said about BYU in the article. BYU will definitely be bowl eligible and I look forward to this bowl game barring an unexpected invite to the playoffs.

3. Funny/witty screen name
Orem, UT,
April 29, 2014

Sweet!! Lets go have a great year, beat the teams that you have scheduled and hope for the best. Do your part and let the pieces fall where they may. Then go have fun in beautiful Florida. BYU has set a standard of always going bowling, no matter the schedule, and it wont end soon. Cant wait for the season to start!
GO Cougs

4. toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT,
April 29, 2014

I'm just not surprised that BYU is going bowling, yet again, while a local team (from a "power conference") will be home for the holidays yet again. And I'm not surprised that the first few posts are from an anti-BYU person, as this seems to be an obsession, commenting on all things BYU. It's perennial.

Go COUGARS!!

PS: The way to national recognition isn't through Tucson, Pullman, Boulder or Salt Lake City. Sorry, it just isn't.

5. Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI,
April 29, 2014

Inking a deal with the conference formerly called the "Big East" (for those of you who don't know who the AAC is) is not half bad, considering the difficulties of scheduling as an independent. BYU will likely go bowling again this year in a great location against a quality opponent while their rival stays home for the couch potato bowl once again. No wonder the trolls are all worked up over this. Go Cougs!