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Friday’s Daily Briefing: Little Caesars Bowl could be through with Sun Belt

Could the Sun Belt Conference be losing one of its bowl partners?

It could if a report out of Detroit is accurate that says the Little Caesars Bowl is through with its backup agreement with the Sun Belt Conference.
 
Since the Sun Belt has agreements with the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. and the New Orleans Bowl, that would guarantee only two Sun Belt teams make it to a bowl game this year.
 
On its face, that would seem to be bad news, but I’m not so sure this is a bad thing as far as FAU is concerned.
 
With three bowl agreements in place last year, the Sun Belt Conference sat idly by as the New Orleans Bowl and the GoDaddy.com Bowl passed on taking Florida International - the conference champion.
 
The reasoning was that as long as the conference champion was accommodated, it could be sent to the third-rate bowl while Troy was able to go to the New Orleans Bowl, the traditional site for the Sun Belt Champion.
 
The reasoning, as anyone will tell you, is that the bowl muckety-mucks don’t think they can sell tickets to fans of FIU – or FAU. So, fans of the Panthers or the Owls, were destined to become regular visitors to the Motor City when either team finishes in the Top 3.
 
But if the Little Caesars Bowl pulls out of an agreement with the Sun Belt, that would theoretically eliminate Detroit as an option and the champion would rightfully be in New Orleans or perhaps Mobile.
 
It could haunt FAU or FIU, but it’s only right that if either of those teams win a title they have a chance to play in New Orleans. That was never going to happen as along as Detroit was an option. So forgive me if I don’t get misty-eyed if the Sun Belt and Little Caesars agreement is kaput.
 
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