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Nashville will present college bowl bid to NCAA in April

February 12, 1997

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The city will bid in April to host a college football bowl game that could match a Southeast Conference team against the Mid-American Conference champion.

But the executive director of a bowl game planned in Michigan said he already has a long-term commitment from the MAC. And a MAC spokesman said the conference has met with officials from Nashville, but no decision has been reached.

``We didn’t sign anything and haven’t done anything,″ MAC assistant commissioner Tom Lessig said today.

NCAA officials confirmed Monday that the Special Events Committee will consider the bid to sanction the Music City Bowl at its spring meeting April 21-25 in Orlando, Fla.

Representatives from Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Sports Council will make the presentation, the Nashville Banner reported Tuesday.

Last month, officials in Pontiac, Mich., announced plans for a Motor City Bowl to feature the Mid-American Conference champ against an at-large opponent.

But the conference has since committed to sending its champion, or whichever MAC team the Music City Bowl prefers, to Nashville starting in 1998, said the Sports Council’s Jenny Hannon.

``There’s no way they’d have that,″ Motor City Bowl executive director George Perles said today. ``We have a contract with the Mid-American that is signed.″

Plans call for the first game to be played in late December 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium. It will move to Nashville’s new downtown stadium in 1999.

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