December 30, 2006 |
South Carolina and Houston put on a record-setting offensive show for the first 30 minutes of the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. The Gamecocks provided the defense when it mattered most. Defensive end Jordin Lindsey came up with two turnovers for a defense that slowed down Houston in the second half, and South Carolina beat the Cougars, 44-36, yesterday for its first bowl victory under coach Steve Spurrier. "I still believe our defense can play a lot better," Spurrier said.
October 28, 1993 |
A day after U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), a graduate of the University of Louisville, threatened to investigate whether the new college football bowl coalition violated antitrust laws, Louisville was invited to play in this year's Liberty Bowl. The Cardinals accepted. "They have a fine football program and on any given day they can beat anybody in the country, and we're proud to have them committed to the Liberty Bowl," A.F. "Bud" Dudley, executive director and founder of the Memphis, Tenn.
July 27, 2013 |
The newly formed American Athletic Conference, in which Temple plays, hoped to send its football champion to the Liberty Bowl starting in 2014. But, according to ESPN, the bowl game is striking a deal that will leave the conference out. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 Conference are reportedly nearing a deal that would affiliate them with the Memphis, Tenn., bowl game. It is one of six postseason games currently aligned with the American. To be played on New Year's Eve, this year's game is the last of a three-year agreement that pits the first-place team from Conference USA and the eighth-place team from the SEC. The fifth-place team from the American is the alternate.
June 18, 2008 |
Former Villanova athletic director Bud Dudley, who founded the Liberty Bowl football game that debuted in Philadelphia in 1959, died yesterday. He was 88. Dudley, who oversaw the Liberty Bowl for decades, died at a nursing home in Memphis, Tenn., after a long illness. "Bud was one of the giants of the college football world," current Liberty Bowl director Steve Erhart said in a statement. "There wasn't a finer gentleman in the bowl business than Bud. " Dudley was athletic director at Villanova between 1953 and 1957 and showed his skills as a promoter with Villanova hosting five "grocery bowls" that helped attract 460,000 fans to Municipal Stadium, where the Wachovia Center now stands.
November 17, 2000 |
The galloping Gallimores made it a twin killing for Colorado State. Justin Gallimore returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown, and twin brother Jason returned a fumble 52 yards for another score as Colorado State defeated Wyoming last night in Fort Collins, Colo., 37-13. "I knew he scored, so I couldn't let him outdo me," Justin said. "I was thinking about that at halftime. I just had to find a way to get one because I'd have to hear about that until the Liberty Bowl.
December 28, 1989 |
It's time once again for the annual college football bowl game feast. The main course won't be served until New Year's Day, but there are two appetizers to munch on tonight, in the way of the All-American Bowl and Liberty Bowl. The All-American contest pits Duke against Texas Tech and will be played in Birmingham, Ala. The Liberty, which will be played in Memphis, Tenn., has Air Force going against Mississippi. The Duke Blue Devils are, of course, better known for their performance on the basketball court than the gridiron.
February 25, 1998 |
Ricky Watters wowed Arizona Cardinals coaches and officials with his modesty during his visit to Tempe yesterday. He was such a hit, one Cardinals official asked him in private, "Are you the real Ricky Watters?" Watters, the Eagles' leading rusher the past three seasons, said he is enjoying being a free agent and getting a chance to clear up misconceptions. "I like to run the ball," he said. "But I never once said I want to be The Man. " One of Watters's former Eagles teammates, guard Lester Holmes, also was visiting Arizona.
December 29, 1986 |
Ronald Reagan is on TV tonight and ABC has him exclusively. But it is not the President and the show is not worth watching. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS WHATTA YEAR . . . 1986 (8 p.m., Ch. 6) - This is not to be confused with Whatta Failure: 1986, which is NBC's about-to-expire news magazine. This is more like a year-end poll with the increasingly common, and tedious, viewer call-in gimmick. There will be guests and features, but if this retrospective is remembered in a later retrospective, its only distinguishing feature will be the presence of Ron Reagan, who is co-host with Justine Bateman of NBC's Family Ties.
October 19, 1994 |
The NCAA will not consider setting aside bowl requirements to allow Division I-AA Alcorn State to play in the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl, selection committee chairman Reggie Barnes said. After the seven-member Liberty Bowl selection panel met Sunday, Barnes said he would check with the NCAA to see if the bowl would be allowed to invite Alcorn State if other Division 1-A options were not attractive. But Barnes said yesterday that NCAA officials informed him that the governing body for college sports will not consider making any changes or exceptions to the rules in its current manual until a future NCAA convention, which would not happen in time for this year's game.
February 5, 1986 |
Alex Bell, Villanova University's football coach from 1960 to 1966, died Monday. He was 70 and lived in Broomall, Delaware County. Bell, a 1938 Villanova graduate, compiled a 35-30 record as coach, taking teams to the school's last bowl games, the 1961 Sun Bowl and the 1962 Liberty Bowl. He retired as a professional football scout in 1980. A native of New Kensington, Pa., he was born Alexander Frank Belli. He played end for the Villanova teams that recorded 22 consecutive victories in 1937 and 1938, and he traveled with the team to the 1938 Bacardi Bowl against Auburn University in Havana.