As Big East Pulls Partnership, International Bowl Dissolved

David HedlindAnalyst IIMarch 25, 2010

Think of this as something of a follow-up to my previous article about the bowls.

The International Bowl is no more.

Unable to retain the Big East as a partner, the Toronto-based bowl will close up shop. The Big East instead has partnered with the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

It is a good move for the Big East, as the conference will now play a game against a Big 12 school instead of a school from the MAC, as in the International Bowl.

While the Big East has upgraded its bowl arrangements, the MAC is left in the cold—and it now only has two bowl arrangements remaining. I would not be surprised if the MAC makes some sort of supplemental agreement with a couple of bowls to provide a replacement team in the event one of the contracted conferences is unable to fill the slot.

As far as I know, the Pinstripe Bowl is the only one of three proposed new bowls to be approved. If the other two are approved, as well, the number of bowls for the coming season will now be 36—and 72 teams will be needed to fill all the slots.