Bowl Game Proposed in Toronto
Dec. 01, 1998
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ The Mid-American Conference is proposing a postseason bowl game in Toronto pitting the conference's second-best team against an at-large opponent beginning in 1999.
If approved, it would be the first sanctioned postseason bowl played outside the United States involving two U.S. colleges, the NCAA said.
MAC commissioner Jerry Ippoliti said the proposal, which must be approved by the NCAA, grew out of the league's frustration of traditionally only having one team selected for bowl play each year.
Miami of Ohio went 10-1 this season, including victories over North Carolina, Army and MAC West Division champion Toledo. It was the East Division co-champion with Marshall but lost the tiebreaker because its only loss was to Marshall.
North Carolina went 6-5 and accepted a bid to the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 19.
Ippoliti said he was approached by a Canadian businessman with the idea of locating the bowl in Toronto, which fit in with the proximity to the conference's largest markets of New York, Michigan and Ohio. Northern Illinois would be the farthest conference school from Toronto at 945 miles.
The proposal is expected to be submitted to the NCAA's convention in January. Other new bowl games have been proposed for next year in San Francisco, Mobile, Ala., and St. Louis.