July 17, 2000
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The Motor City Bowl has signed a contract with Conference USA, giving it an automatic entry to compete against the Mid-American Conference champion in December.
For the past three years, the bowl has had an open selection to play against the MAC team.
"We are very pleased to partner with Conference USA," said George Perles, president and CEO of the bowl. "C-USA has made great strides in just four years of conference football. And it offers a strong regional proximity with several schools within driving distance of the Silverdome and metro Detroit. This is the next step in the overall development of the bowl."
Last year, Marshall of the MAC defeated Brigham Young 21-3 in the Motor City Bowl to end the season 13-0 and ranked 10th in the nation.
The Motor City Bowl is sponsored by General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler AG and Ford Motor Co.
The Dec. 27 game will be at 4 p.m. at the Pontiac Silverdome and will be broadcast on ESPN.