GMAC Bowl reaches new agreement

Updated: May 19, 2009, 8:06 PM ET
Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. -- A team from the Atlantic Coast Conference will face the top selection from the Mid-American Conference in the GMAC Bowl this season.

The ACC will send its ninth pick to Mobile.

The new agreement was reached after the ACC's contract expired with the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. The ACC will take the place of Conference USA, which has sent a team to the GMAC Bowl in each of the 10 years the game has been in existence.

GMAC Bowl president Jerry Silverstein said Monday if fewer than nine ACC teams are bowl eligible, the Mobile game can pick an available bowl-eligible team from any another conference.

The game is scheduled to be played Jan. 6.

The MAC has tie-ins to two other bowls, the Motor City Bowl in Detroit and the International Bowl in Toronto.

The new deal with the GMAC Bowl gives the Mobile-based game the first selection of MAC teams in the 2009, 2011 and 2013 seasons.

The Motor City Bowl gets the second pick in those seasons and first selection in 2010 and 2012.

International Bowl has the third selection.


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