CUSA and future bowls with ESPN
Yesterday Conference USA announced an agreement with ESPN Regional Television to participate in five different bowl games over the next six years, with the conference securing three definite sports each season.
The five bowl games are:
- Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, St. Petersburg, FL
- Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Ft. Worth,
- Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, NM
- Sheraton Hawawi'i Bowl, Honolulu, HI
- and the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas,
There are two exciting benefits for UTSA
1. Travel. The possibility of playing in nearby bowls
allows Runner Nation to travel well to these games. The
Armed Forces Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, and Heart of Dallas
Bowl are all within a day's drive from the San Antonio
Sure, it would be great to see the Runners play in
Hawai'i, and who wouldn't want to go to that game, but
how many fans can afford that last-minute type of trip?
But just about all UTSA fans can make the drive to the
DFW area or north New Mexico, and that's a great thing
for everyone who wears Orange and Blue on Saturdays.
2. Recruiting. Playing bowl games in the DFW area is
allows the Runners to play in a national hotbed of
recruiting. Yes, Larry Coker and company have done a
great a job of laying down the pipelines to DFW, but it
will only help when playing in the backyard of highly
Personally, I'm pushing for a nice December trip to
Albuquerque. It's very nice part of the
Fun Facts: Oklahoma State University
Last week, I looked at some fun and interesting facts
about UTSA's season opener opponent, the University of
New Mexico. This week, I'll look at the home opener
opponent, Oklahoma State University.
First of all, the nationally ranked Cowboys (AP #13),
look to take a soft approach with a non-conference
schedule that includes a game against the Southland
Conference Lamar Cardinals, and the up and coming
Roadrunners. Let's see if that hurts or helps them,
especially if UTSA shows up big.
The school was founded in 1890, then named Oklahoma
Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M).
They wouldn't change the school's name to Oklahoma State
University until 1957.
OSU played their first football game in 1901, then they
were known as the Tigers (the inspiration for the OSU
colors). Later, they would also be known as the Aggies.
It was around 1923 when they officially became known as
the Cowboys, naming the mascot "Pistol Pete."
When the OSU's cross country team won its fourth NCAA
title last year, they pushed OSU up to 51 national title
in their school's history, the most in the big 12. 34
of those titles are courtesy of OSU's wrestling team,
while the golf team has pitched in 10, basketball 2, and
baseball with 1.
OSU is also known for this one running back guy, who won
the Heisman award in 1988... Barry Sanders.
A non "fun" fact, but an important one to OSU...
Remember The Ten
For those that may not remember, OSU had a tragic loss
in January of 2001 when a plane carrying several players
along with team staff and media of the basketball team
near Strasburg, Colorado. The university built a very
moving memorial for this event outside the OSU
Take a moment, Runner Nation, to click
here to see and learn about the memorial and events of
that tragic day.
The Season Begins
As you heard on our podcast, we'll have our crew out in
Albuquerque, NM for the season opener. We're excited
for this big game. Actually, I could say this is the
biggest game in the history of UTSA football. New
Mexico is no joke coming out of the Mountain West and
are regular opponents of BCS teams.
It seems like we've been able to say that for every game
UTSA has played over the past two seasons, but now it
gets real. And after New Mexico, we get to say it again
with yes... Oklahoma State. Can you believe that? It
seems as though it was only yesterday that I got the
text message about OSU agreeing to play UTSA. Now here
Be sure to keep it here on IRS for all the best coverage
of these first two games and the entire season. Last
week and this, as you read above, I've brought some
"fun" facts about our opponents, and I'll keep looking
those up. However, it's time to put on the real
reporter hat and really look at what these teams really
bring on the field with our weekly Game Preview
Until next week, Runners. Next week: when it's game
Eric's latest post here
With the bowl tie-ins CUSA has, UTSA could see strong benefits with locations being near. OSU is coming to town in a few weeks, how about a few fun facts about the Cowboys.