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St. Pete Bowl moves up C-USA ladder
Posted May 29, 2009 by Brett McMurphy
Updated May 29, 2009 at 11:07 PM
Good news for the St. Pete Bowl: with the GMAC Bowl opting to take the ACC’s ninth-place team instead of the Conference USA runner-up this year, St. Pete moves up into the pecking order for the Conference USA representative.
St. Pete will now be in the running for the second, third or fourth selection from C-USA along with the Hawaii Bowl and New Orleans.
St. Pete also continues to pick among the fourth-sixth selections from the Big East (BSC first, Gator second, Meineke Car Care third and St. Pete, Papajohns.com and International fourth through sixth).
This is the final year for the contracts for the majority of the bowls so in 2010, expect to see a lot of movement between conferences and their bowl affiliations.
Also, USF coach Jim Leavitt will once again vote in the USA Today coaches poll. This is the final year that the final ballot will be made public. Starting in 2010, the ballots in the coaches poll will be private, which has generated a ton of debate.
As an Associated Press voter, I know how much you can be scrutinized by your vote, but I think that’s a good thing. If the votes are private - and you can effect other teams by not ranking them or under/overranking them - that’s not such a good thing. Especially when the coaches poll is a factor in determining the multi-million dollar BCS bowls.