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Posted December 14, 2010

BYU Agrees To Play In 2013 Bowl Game

Salt Lake Tribune blog

Although we've yet to see any official confirmation from BYU, the Cougars have apparently agreed to play in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco in January of 2013 if they are bowl eligible after the 2012 season and if they are not selected to a BCS game that season.

The Associated Press reported tonight that BYU will take the place of a Western Athletic Conference school because bowl officials apparently do not believe the WAC -- which had four schools leave -- will be able to come up with a suitable team to fill the slot.

According to the AP, bowl executive director Gary Cavalli says he has had his eye on BYU for the bowl since 2002 when it was started.

News of the agreement broke around 5 p.m. Monday night.

However, when the Cougars' football practice ended at 6 p.m., BYU football sports information director Brett Pyne said he had not heard of such a deal.

I asked coach Bronco Mendenhall a few minutes later, and he acknowledged that some bowl deals have been worked out, or are in the process of being worked out, but did not specify which years.

"There are [other deals being worked out], and I am more the one being notified on those. [BYU athletic director] Tom [Holmoe] is doing most of the agreeing with where we might play, etc. We might end up being two to three years out, rotating to a number of different bowl games, unless we qualify for a BCS game. But he usually just keeps me posted, rather than asking my opinion on those ones," Mendenhall said.
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