Originally created 04/22/00

NCAA certifies two new bowl games



INDIANAPOLIS -- College football's crowded bowl schedule will have two more entries for the 2000 season, bringing to 25 the number of games certified by the NCAA.

The galleryfurniture.com Bowl in Houston and the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose were certified Friday as bowl games by the NCAA's football certification subcommittee. Twenty-three games on last year's schedule were recertified.

The Houston game will be played Dec. 27 in the Astrodome and include teams from the Big 12 and Conference USA. It will have a payout of $750,000. The Big 12 had seven teams that were eligible for a bowl last season, but only six received invitations. Conference USA has contracts to provide teams to three other bowls.

No information was immediately available on the Silicon Valley Classic.

The bowl season will begin Dec. 20 with the Alabama Bowl and conclude with the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 for the national championship.

Another new bowl game, the New Orleans Bowl, received initial certification for the 2001-02 season, the NCAA said. The game's representatives must go before the subcommittee again a year from now before winning final approval. The Sun Belt Conference, which will sponsor football for the first time next year, hopes to play host to the game which would be played in the Superdome in December 2001.

The subcommittee will meet in September to consider initial certification for two additional bowls, the Hoosier Bowl in Indianapolis and the Freedom Bowl in San Francisco. Both games would begin in 2001-02.

"We've reviewed the 1999-00 bowl operations, and we're confident the current bowl system structure will work well for years to come," John Kasser, chairman of the subcommittee and athletic director at California, said in a statement.