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AAC secures tie-ins with four bowls

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The American Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that it reached or extended agreements to send teams to four existing bowls through the 2019 season.

The bowl tie-ins are with the Beef O' Grady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.

AAC teams will go to the Armed Forces Bowl in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and the Hawaii Bowl in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Opponents will be from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA in the Beef O' Grady Bowl, the Southeastern Conference in the BBVA Compass Bowl, Army (if eligible) in 2014 and Big 12 Conference teams the following two years in the Armed Forces Bowl and the Mountain West in the Hawaii Bowl.

"We are proud to continue our successful partnership with the industry leader in sports television. ESPN has established some of the most attractive bowl games in the nation," conference commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. "These bowls allow us to play outstanding teams and they will also annually reward our student-athletes and coaches with memorable postseason experiences. Our fans will enjoy these great destinations and a national television audience will enjoy watching these compelling bowl games."

Earlier this week, the AAC was reported to be part of a coalition of non-BCS conferences that would play in new bowls in the Bahamas, Boca Raton, Fla., and Miami.
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