18 May 2012
Like most huge news stories these days, social media was buzzing again this morning with news of a Big 12 announcement, followed by an announcement by the SEC.
Many insiders questioned what it could be, and most whiffed. What was built in the end was the start of a new tradition.
The Big 12 and SEC released a statement today saying the two champions from each conference will meet annually on New Year's Day starting in 2014.
The five year agreement calls for both champions of their respective conference to meet unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive weighted in.
"A new January bowl tradition is born," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in the statement. "This new game will provide a great matchup between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting postseason atmosphere created by the new four-team model."
"Most importantly, it will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding bowl experience."
Chuck Neinas had this to add.
“Our goal is to provide the fans across the country with a New Year’s Day prime-time tradition,” said Neinas.
Neinas went on to say if one of the champions reach the championship game, the next best team will play in the New Year's game.
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