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Five conferences aligned for bowl game in Bahamas

Commissioners from five conferences will be part of a news conference in the Bahamas on Oct. 14 announcing "an exciting announcement about postseason college football," according to Lea Miller of Complete Sports Management.

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed the announcement is for a six-year bowl-game agreement with the Mountain West as a backup player, participating "maybe once in six years." Conference USA and the MAC are believed to be spearheading the game and will be primary participants.

Thompson, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson and American Athletic Conference senior associate commissioner Nick Carparelli will attend the press conference at the 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau.

The Bahamas announcement could spark a bowl rotation among the five conferences across several sites. These conferences are starting their own bowls to avoid the clumsy at-large selection process if so-called power conferences can't fill all their spots.

Two sources involved in the process have said the Bahamas is probably the only feasible working overseas bowl concept because of its proximity (a half-hour flight from Miami, basically).

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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