GMAC Bowl, Sun Belt Conference Strike Partnership

Four-year partnership begins next season

January 5, 2010 · Sun Belt Conference

NEW ORLEANS and MOBILE - The Sun Belt Conference has entered into a primary bowl partnership with the GMAC Bowl beginning next season and running through the 2013 football season. The announcement was made Tuesday.

"We are very excited to enter this relationship with the GMAC Bowl because it represents one of the most significant steps in our league's history," said Sun Belt Commissioner Wright Waters. "We look forward to this partnership with the GMAC Bowl, its outstanding leadership and staff, as well as the city of Mobile."

"We are excited about the brand of football the Sun Belt Conference will bring to Mobile and we are eager to begin our partnership with Commissioner Wright Waters and his staff," said GMAC Bowl President Jerry Silverstein. "The proximity of the conference in New Orleans and the geographic location of the schools make a natural fit for our bowl game."

The four year partnership with the GMAC Bowl will call for a Sun Belt team to represent the league in the game following the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 regular seasons. The GMAC Bowl will have first or second selection of a Sun Belt Conference team after the Bowl Championship Series and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

The Troy Trojans will play in the GMAC Bowl on January 6 against Mid-American Conference Champion Central Michigan. Troy's invitation to the in-state bowl game makes the Trojans the first team from the state of Alabama to ever play in an Alabama bowl game. Troy was selected as an at-large participant in this season's edition of the game.

The 11th Annual GMAC Bowl will kickoff at 6:00 P.M (CST) January 6th 2010, at Ladd Peebles Stadium. ESPN will nationally broadcast the game.

The Sun Belt Conference sent multiple teams to postseason bowl games for the fourth time in the conference's brief nine year history as Troy and Middle Tennessee accepted bowl invitations this season. It marks the third time in the last four years that the Sun Belt Conference has had two teams in postseason bowl games.

The Sun Belt Conference has also had recent success in the postseason as teams from the SBC have combined to win four of its last six bowl games, which gives the league a winning bowl record since the 2006 postseason.

The Sun Belt Conference previously announced that it has extended its partnership with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The league will continue to send a team to face an opponent from Conference USA for the next four seasons.

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