Liberty, AutoNation Cure Bowl enter bowl agreement for 2018, 2019

Liberty FootballLiberty Athletics and the AutoNation Cure Bowl have announced a two-year bowl agreement for the 2018 and 2019 football seasons.

The secondary bowl agreement gives Liberty football its first bowl tie-in during the program’s inaugural FBS season.

“It is a great honor for Liberty University and our football program to enter into a bowl agreement with the AutoNation Cure Bowl for 2018 and 2019. The mission and values of Liberty University and the AutoNation Cure Bowl align well, and we appreciate Alan Gooch and his board affording us this opportunity,” said Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “The AutoNation Cure Bowl and Orlando Sports Foundation are widely recognized for providing a first class destination experience for the participating teams and their fans.”

The AutoNation Cure Bowl is played each December at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The game is televised nationally on CBS Sports Network and broadcast live on iHeart Radio’s 96.9 The Game. The 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl will be played on Dec. 15, while the 2019 AutoNation Cure Bowl will be contested on Dec. 21.

“We certainly have appreciated Liberty University’s interest in being a part of Orlando’s AutoNation Cure Bowl and our mission to bring teams together to find a cure for cancer,” said Alan Gooch, Executive Director of the Orlando Sports Foundation. “It’s been great to work with President Jerry Falwell, Athletic Director Ian McCaw and Coach Turner Gill in Liberty’s agreement to back up our primary partners, the Sun Belt and American Athletic Conference. It would be an honor if the AutoNation Cure Bowl is able to host Liberty University’s first bowl appearance in program history here in Orlando.”

Teams from the Sun Belt Conference and American Athletic Conference are scheduled to play each year in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. However, in years in which either conference does not have enough deserving teams, defined as meeting the six qualifying win threshold, other FBS teams may be substituted before consideration would be given to five-win teams.

Although Liberty is currently in the middle of its two-year FBS transition process, the NCAA bylaws do have provisions for the Flames to qualify for a bowl game in 2018 provided the program has successfully transitioned to year two of its FBS transitional status and is a deserving team.

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