Originally created 09/25/98

SEC reaches bowl agreements with Peach, Cotton, Outback

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference said it has reached agreements to send teams to the Peach, Cotton and Outback bowls for the next four years.

Under a flexible arrangement, the SEC will provide a division champion or runnerup, or "a team with a comparable record or a mutually agreed upon team" to the three bowls.

The SEC teams will play a Big Ten team in the Outback at Tampa, Fla., an Atlantic Coast Conference team in the Peach at Atlanta, and a Big 12 Conference team in the Cotton at Dallas.

Charles Bloom, assistant commissioner for media relations, said the conference will work with the bowls and the schools involved "in terms of getting the best possible fit." He said the new agreements do not spell out specifically the bowls to which that division winners or runners-up go.

The SEC champion already has an automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series -- the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta and Rose -- and arrangements for teams to play in the Florida Citrus Bowl at Orlando against a Big Ten team and in the Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tenn., against an at-large opponent.


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