Rick Baker, president of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, said officials at Arlington’s annual post-season game are interested in “learning more about” Friday’s creation of a bowl game that will pit champions of the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference against one another in future seasons.
The five-year agreement, announced Friday by officials of both leagues, would take effect with the 2014 season. Details about the game’s venue remain undetermined. Under existing agreements, the Cotton Bowl matches a team from the Big 12 against an SEC opponent each season but does not include the conference champion from either league.
In a statement, Baker said: “Today’s announcement from the Big 12 and SEC is certainly exciting and intriguing news, and we look forward to learning more about this championship matchup. The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, through its 15-year partnership with both the Big 12 and SEC, has seen firsthand the great tradition and history of these two conferences. This relationship has been very good to us and is without a doubt going to be a spectacular bowl game.”
_ Jimmy Burch