Report: NCAA won’t introduce new bowl games for three years
The NCAA has approved a plan that will prevent the introduction of new college football bowl games for three years, reports ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Last season’s record high of 41 bowl games created a dearth of winning teams to fill the schedule. As a result, three teams with losing records—Minnesota, Nebraska and San Jose State—were awarded bowl berths, setting an NCAA record.
McMurphy reports that members of the NCAA Division I Council are evaluating whether future bowl eligibility should be determined by teams earning a winning record or simply reaching an even .500.
This halt on new bowls is the second approved by the NCAA in the past five years. When the last three-year moratorium was lifted in 2014, six new bowls were added over the next two years.
Three cities were trying to add bowl games in 2016: Austin, Texas; Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Charleston, S.C.