New Orleans Bowl moves closer to holidays

Updated: April 11, 2006, 2:09 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Bowl, which has kicked off the bowl season since its inception in 2001, will move to a weekend night this year -- and give up its leadoff spot.

The game matching the Sun Belt Conference Champion against a Conference USA opponent will be played Friday, Dec. 22.

"It was nice being the first bowl, but it's more important to grow the event in New Orleans," said bowl executive director Billy Ferrante, who worked out the new date with ESPN, which ...

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