Bowl extends league ties

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference and the Big East have agreed to a 4-year extension of their ties with the Bowl.

ESPN Regional Television said Tuesday that the leagues agreed to participate in the game at Legion Field through 2013.

The Mid-American Conference will be the primary backup if the other two leagues don't have enough eligible teams. The Sun Belt has a 1-year agreement to provide a team, such as Troy, based on geographic qualifications.

The game also has a contingency agreement with Conference USA that could provide a spot for a team from that league.

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