Call it Cobblin' Conference USA after the way FIU's new conference home has managed to retain primary connections with six college-affiliated football bowls. Remember, one of the important upgrades for FIU (and the other immigrants to C-USA) was the greater number of primary bowl tie-ins compared to the Sun Belt or dying WAC.
C-USA is doing a little time splitting, reaching agreements wtih the Heart of Dallas Bowl and, on the other side of the Metroplex, the Fort Worth's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl that will have a C-USA team in one Metroplex bowl or the other from 2014-19. They've got the same deal with the Beef O' Brady's Bowl and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl -- three times in each. They've reupped with the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and added the New Mexico Bowl for that same time period.
Then, C-USA reportedly thought outside the borders, er, the box, according to ESPN. Thomas Robinson Stadium in the Bahamas holds only 15,000, but for a bowl involving a Conference USA team, that might mean "PACKED HOUSE ROCKING!"
C-USA has been looking at someplace in South Florida to stick another bowl game. There was Marlins Park talk back in June. Now, ESPN says they'll be using FAU Stadium, which is new and nice, nicely-sized for a lower tier bowl and needs events to help pay off the enormous debt FAU incurred in building the joint.
This year, Conference USA's got a primary connection with the Beef O'Brady's Bowl; New Orleans Bowl; Military Bowl; Heart of Dallas Bowl; and Liberty Bowl.
Why are there so many bowls? Sports cable networks need the live programming.