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Notes From Big Ten Football Meetings
By Marc Morehouse, Reporter
CHICAGO, Ill. - That Big Ten bowl shuffle has so far yielded...not great stuff.
According to ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy, the conference will share tie-ins with the Gator Bowl and Music City Bowl with the ACC during a six-year agreement, so three Big Ten teams would go to Jacksonville and three to Nashville in the span. They'll face SEC opponents in both games.
The bowls change for the college football world in 2014. The Big Ten is looking at the Holiday and the Pinstripe bowls. Those would be bolder statements than Nashville (Music City) and Jacksonville, Fla., (Gator), at least when it comes to sexy destinations (San Diego and NYC, respectively).
Iowa has never made a Music City appearance. Its one Gator Bowl came in 1983. Iowa lost to Florida, 14-6, with wind and rain and temperatures dipping below zero.
-- This is day two of the Big Ten meetings. Colleague Scott Dochterman covered divisions for B1G basketball (probably not happening) and the prospect of Devyn Marble making a world universities team.
-- Some other things we're looking out for (at least football-wise, because that's why I'm here):
Is that 2014 Big Ten schedule ready to come out?
Why is Iowa hanging on to FCS? Does the Big Ten want FCS schools off their team's schedules?
No night TV for Iowa in 2013? How does Iowa athletics director Gary Barta feel about that?
There will be more stuff. I'm going to be the dork who asks about expansion. Why not?