Another Bowl Cancellation Announced

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The 2020-21 college football post season just got a bit shorter.

Officials with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl announced Tuesday that the game will not take place this year. According to information provided to the media, the cancellation happened as a result of COVID-19 restrictions enacted in the Southern Methodist University (SMU) football program.

As a result of the game’s cancellation, SMU’s planned opponent, the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) will now play in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. The game is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 26 on ABC. UTSA’s opponent for the game will be announced in the coming days.

Clint Overby, Vide President of ESPN Events, shared disappointment at the announcement, and offered consolation to audiences and fans in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in having to cancel the game, our top priority is the health and safety of all parties involved,” said Overby. “We wish SMU, their student-athletes, coaches and administrators well during this time.”

Fans who bought tickets for the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl will receive full refunds automatically. Refunds could take as much as five business days to receive.

Tuesday’s announcement is the second this month involving cancellation of one of this season’s bowl schedule. The cancellation of the Las Vegas Bowl was announced early this month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game was scheduled to be the first college football bowl game to ever take place in the recently constructed Allegiant Stadium, which is the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. It was set to feature a matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director John Saccenti was quoted at the time as saying he hoped the bowl would be able to be played next season.

“Unfortunately we will have to wait another year to present the Las Vegas Bowl in its new home,” said Saccenti. “This was a difficult decision but the right one considering that our game was founded nearly three decades ago to help drive tourism to the Entertainment Capital of the World during the month of December. We are looking forward to making our bowl week bigger and better than ever in 2021.”

Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner shared Saccenti’s hopes for next year’s Las Vegas Bowl in his own comments.

“The Pac-12 is disappointed for our teams and fans that the Las Vegas Bowl has been forced to cancel this year’s game,” said Scott. “We look forward to next year’s game, which promises to be a fantastic national stage in one of the world’s best football stadiums, to showcase Pac-12 football.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey also expressed his disappointment at the announcement.

“We are disappointed the Las Vegas Bowl has been cancelled for the 2020 football season and will miss the opportunity for SEC student-athletes to experience an exciting new venue,” said Sankey. “We have no doubt the Las Vegas Bowl will be a great part of the future SEC bowl lineup and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead.”

The 2019 Las Vegas Bowl featured a matchup of the Washington Huskies and then No. 19 Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium. Washington won the game 38-7.

The Las Vegas Bowl and Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl are two of 17 total bowl games that are owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

The cancellation of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl is now the 12th so far this year for the college football post season. The other 11 bowls, including the Las Vegas Bowl, cancelled are listed below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)

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ESPN Hosting College Football Coaches

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Courtesy: ESPN

Coaches from some of college football’s biggest teams will be making the rounds on the ESPN family of networks beginning this Monday, July 22nd.  Coaches from the ACC, SEC, Big 10, and Pac 12 will appear on a variety of ESPN programs, including: College Football Live, SportsCenter, First Take, and Highly Questionable on television.  On radio, they will appear on: SVP and Rusillo, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Coach and Company, and SportsCenter Tonight as well as on chats, podcasts, and more online. 

Coaches from the ACC will make appearances on July 29th and 30th.  ACC coaches will be doing interviews July 31st and August 1st.  Pac-12 coaches will make appearances on TV and radio on July 24th and 25th.  Coaches from the SEC will appear on TV and radio July 22nd and 23rd.  Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott will visit ESPN’s headquarters on Thursday, July 25th.  He will make the rounds from 12pm EST to 2:45pm EST.  During his time at ESPN’s headquarters, Scott will make appearances on SportsCenter and on ESPN Radio’s SVP & Rusillo.

A full schedule of coaches and their appearance schedules is available below.

SEC

July 22 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) July 23 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
James Franklin (Vanderbilt) Bret Bielema (Arkansas)
Hugh Freeze (Mississippi) Butch Jones (Tennessee)
Les Miles (LSU) Gus Malzahn (Auburn)
Dan Mullen (Mississippi State) Will Muschamp (Florida)
Gary Pinkel (Missouri) Steve Spurrier (South Carolina)
Mark Richt (Georgia) Mark Stoops (Kentucky)
Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)  
Nick Saban (Alabama)  

 

Pac-12

July 24 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) July 25 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Sonny Dykes (California) Todd Graham (Arizona State)
Mark Helfrich (Oregon) Lane Kiffin (USC)
Mike Leach (Washington State) Mike MacIntyre (Colorado)
Mike Riley (Oregon State) Jim Mora (UCLA)
Steve Sarkisian (Washington) Rich Rodriguez (Arizona)
David Shaw (Stanford) Kyle Whittingham (Utah)

 

ACC

July 29 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) July 30 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Paul Chryst (Pittsburgh) Steve Addazio (Boston College)
David Cutcliffe (Duke) Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech)
Dave Doeren (NC State) Randy Edsall (Maryland)
Larry Fedora (North Carolina) Jimbo Fisher (Florida State)
Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech) Al Golden (Miami)
Mike London (Virginia) Jim Grobe (Wake Forest)

 

Big Ten

July 31 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) August 1 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Gary Anderson (Wisconsin) Tim Beckman (Illinois)
Darrell Hazell (Purdue) Mark Dantonio (Michigan State)
Jerry Kill (Minnesota) Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
Urban Meyer (Ohio State) Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
Bo Pelini (Nebraska) Brady Hoke (Michigan)
Kevin Wilson (Indiana) Bill O’Brien (Penn State)

 

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