According to a report in the The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart said he is “optimistic” the bowl will sign a six-year deal beginning in 2014 that will match a team from the SEC and the Big 12 Conference.
Ehrhart said he hoped to keep the American involved if either the SEC or Big 12 could not fulfill its obligation.
American commissioner Mike Aresco had said previously that he was hopeful that the American would remain in the Liberty Bowl, where they have a natural connection. Memphis is a member of the conference, and the American will play its inaugural conference basketball tournament there in 2014.
Now, however, it appears the conference will have to shuffle things up again.
Aresco said the conference expects to renew its contracts with ESPN bowls in Birmingham, Ala., and St. Petersburg, (the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, which UCF won last season), and they also have an agreement to play in the Military Bowl against an ACC opponent in Annapolis, Md., at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The American is also looking to set up its own bowl game, likely held in South Florida at Marlins Park. Details from that game have yet to emerge, however. Aresco told the Sentinel that the conference has also had discussions with ESPN about a presence in Texas and the network has “been encouraging and supportive.”
Could ex-Auburn star RB Michael Dyer end up in the American?
Rumors and reports floating around the internet the last few weeks have had former Auburn running back Michael Dyer connected to two American programs.
Dyer visited USF a couple weeks ago and got an endorsement from the president of Arkansas Baptist College, where Dyer spent the past year, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Rumors of Dyer possibly playing for Louisville have also been ablaze on Twitter.
Dyer was kicked off of the team at both Auburn and Arkansas State after incidents involving guns and drugs. You can read much more about Dyer and his attempts to rehabilitate himself and his career in this USA Today profile.
The MVP of Auburn's national championship rushed for 2,335 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons with the Tigers.
More notes from around the American:
Cincinnati: The Bearcats announced last week they will play a home-and-home series against Nebraska. The games will be played Sept. 12, 2020 (at Nebraska) and Sept. 13, 2025 (at Cincinnati).
The Cincinnati Enquirer also reported last week that UC actually made money when Butch Jones left the school. Tennessee owed the school about $1.5 million, while their buyout of Tommy Tuberville's contract from Texas Tech was $950,000.
Houston: The Cougars revealed a new set of uniforms on Tuesday. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the look, they kind of remind me of an NFL Pro Bowl uni. The Houston Chronicle has a photo gallery of the new threads.
Louisville: The Cardinals national championship hoops team was in Washington D.C. on Tuesday for a trip to the White House. Best line of the visit came from President Barack Obama, who reportedly joked with Pitino about a photo of the coach getting a tattoo to pay up on a bet he made with the team. "You stuck to your word and now have something that will stay with you forever," Obama reportedly said. "A shirtless picture on the Internet."
Memphis: The Tigers also recently unveiled new uniforms, and the chrome mirror helmets have to be my favorite of any new look so far. You can check out the uniform unveil on the Memphis site.
Also, the patch Rutgers will wear on its uniforms this season was leaked. Take a look at the color-scheme specific logos.
SMU: The Dallas Morning News previewed three must-see SMU football games this season.
USF: If you want a good look at what USF is looking like going into the 2013 season, Tampa Bay Times beat writer Greg Auman has been breaking down the roster leading into camp. Check out his blog here.
A minor splash of news is that new Bulls coach Willie Taggart closed all but the final practice in Vero Beach to the public. USF will hold camp there from Aug. 10-17, and it will hold an open practice on Aug. 17.
The Owls also announced they will face Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m. The game will be televised.
UCF: Here are five top players the Knights will play this season, five under-the-radar storylines to watch and some quotes from UCF coach George O'Leary during a radio appearance with 740 the Game on Tuesday.