In 2008, the Pac-10 Conference had deals with seven bowl games. Only five teams became bowl eligible.
For last year’s Hawaii Bowl, the seventh selection of Pac-10 teams would have faced a WAC team.
That has now changed, because the Hawaii Bowl has decided to pull out of its deal with the Pac-10, signing a deal with Conference USA. The game's organizers were worried, and rightfully so, that the Pac-10 would again fail to supply a team for their bowl.
A Conference USA team, other than the league champion (who gets an automatic bid to the Liberty Bowl), will now have a spot in Hawaii.
The bowl lineup for Conference USA in 2009 now consists of the Liberty, GMAC, Hawaii, Armed Forces, New Orleans, Texas, and St. Petersburg bowl games, provided they don’t lose a tie-in anywhere else.
From what I know, this is a one-year deal for 2009.