Starting in 2014, San Diego and San Francisco are in as Big Ten football bowl destinations, while Houston and Phoenix are out.
Commissioner Jim Delany on Monday affirmed what was discussed at the league meetings in May:
The Holiday Bowl and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowls have signed six-year deals with the Big Ten for 2014-19. Agreements with the Meineke Car Care and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowls will expire after the coming season.
The opponent in both of the new tie-ins will come from the Pac-12 Conference.
The Big Ten previously had announced another new tie-in — with the Pinstripe Bowl in New York vs. an Atlantic Coast Conference foe. The league also is working with a possible new bowl in Detroit, which could mean agreements with 10 bowls when the Big Ten expands to 14 teams in 2014.
Adding an event in New York and two in California, Delany said, is all about “keeping it fresh’’ in the postseason.
“We wanted a national slate, and we wanted to broaden the group of opponents we are playing,’’ he said. “We want to keep it fresh for fans and the bowl community and our players and coaches.’’
A hot topic at the Big Ten meetings was preventing “bowl fatigue,’’ which occurs when a school goes to the same bowl back to back or to the same area of the country three or four times in four or five years.
To create more diverse matchups, Delany said, the Big Ten will blend a pure selection process with conference placement of teams.
“Somebody obviously will select first,’’ he said. “But that may or may not get them the team they want because they may or may not have had that team before, or that team may have been in that region two years in a row.’’
The pecking order for selection will be based on creating “tiers’’ of bowls.
Delany said the top tier likely will be the Capital One (Orlando), Outback (Tampa) and Holiday (San Diego).
The middle tier could be the Kraft Fight Hunger (San Francisco), Pinstripe (New York) and a mix of the Gator (Jacksonville) and Music City (Nashville) Bowls in three-year rotations.
The bottom tier could be the new Detroit bowl and some combination of two bowls in the Dallas area (Heart of Dallas and Armed Forces in Fort Worth), plus one other undisclosed candidate.
Delany said he expects the conference and the bowls to agree more than disagree on which teams should go where.
“If we’re in disagreement,’’ he said, “there will be a rational disagreement on the basis of a particular team having been in a particular bowl or region more often than we think is healthy.’’
The Big Ten previously has said it wants bowls below the Rose Bowl, which gets the league champion, to take five different teams in a six-year period.