Future Konica Minolta Gator Bowls are shaping up to feature teams from the Southeastern and Big Ten conferences, according to a report by the Jacksonville Times-Union.
Meanwhile, the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., is ending its 15-year affiliation with the SEC beginning in 2010, according to a report in The Birmingham News.
The SEC part of the Gator Bowl deal is done, bowl chairman Dan Murphy told the Times-Union, but the Big Ten details are still being finalized.
"This is tremendous, getting the SEC," Murphy told the newspaper. "Jacksonville is an SEC city and I hope people will really support this game with the SEC as a partner."
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The Gator Bowl has featured the Atlantic Coast Conference vs. the Big East or Notre Dame for 14 years. That arrangement will be in place for this year's game.
The ACC on Wednesday announced that the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando has been elevated to the number three spot in the ACC's contracted bowl selection order for 2010 through 2013. That position behind the BCS/Orange Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl previously had been occupied by the Gator Bowl.
The selection order with the SEC is not final, according to the Times-Union report.
The Independence Bowl is cutting ties with the SEC and Big 12, according to the The Birmingham News, after those conferences last year didn't have enough eligible teams.
"One of the biggest factors was this past year not having any qualifiers from the Big 12 or the SEC, and also the whole process this year of also facing the same situation again or even dropping in the pecking order further," Independence Bowl executive director Missy Setters told the Birmingham paper.