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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Pitt, Cincinnati Form Bowl Partnership
Pitt and Cincinnati have agreed to form a bowl partnership starting in 2013. This means if neither team is in the BCS Bowl, both of these teams will meet in their own bowl game. The payout is rumored to be 50 million dollars. Home Field will be rotated yearly. If neither team meets that year, that money gets pooled into next year's bowl game if they meet.
Pitt released this statement this morning in regards to the bowl game:
"With the landscape of College Football changing everyday with conference expansions, conference bowl partnerships, and superconferences, it is in the University's best interests to look out for their athletic programs. This is why we have formed a bowl partnership with Cincinnati. We were in discussions with West Virginia, but we decided if we wanted to deal with a bunch of drunken hicks we'd go to a Toby Keith concert instead."
Cincinnati released this statement:
"We're exited to keep the River City Rivalry going. Pitt has given us every opportunity to stay nationally relevant in someway and they have come through for us again."
There's been concerns of where they the money will come from to host this game. Bowl Officials are in talks with WKRP, Skyline Chili, Krogers, Giant Eagle, Heinz, and others to fund this Bowl game. All feel they will get a positive investment from one of the greatest games in College Football.