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Texas Bowl expected to have SEC against Big 12 beginning next year

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FOX 26 Sports has learned officials of the Texas Bowl, formerly known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, are expected to announce on Monday that beginning in 2014 the game will feature teams from the Big 12 and the SEC at Reliant Stadium.

FOX 26 Sports reported on June 25 that the Texas Bowl was moving in that direction.

Currently the game involves teams from the Big 12 and the Big Ten.

However, with the Big Ten headed in a different direction, the move opened the door for the Texas Bowl to seek the attractive scenario of teams from the Big 12 taking on the SEC.

The contracts with the Texas Bowl for the Big 12 and the Big Ten expire following the 2013 season.

Officials from the Texas Bowl have not been available for comment, and that includes Jamey Rootes, president of the Houston Texans, which is closely associated with Lone Star Sports and entertainment, a third-party event marketing company which manages the Texas Bowl.

In June Rootes would not confirm the Texas Bowl's potential tie-in at the time with the SEC.

However, he did express optimism that the Big 12 would continue its relationship with the Texas Bowl.

"The fans in this area gravitate more directly to the conferences that are most proximate and look forward to having that announcement here in the near term," Rootes said on June 25.

"The Big 12 has been an anchor partner from the beginning of the bowl game and we continue to have our discussions with them and that relationship is great. When we announce it, it will be very exciting for Houston. It will be a long-term great place for the bowl game to be."

Rootes said then with Meineke Car Care opting out of its naming-rights deal, Texas Bowl officials are working with ESPN to identify their long-term title partner for the bowl game.

ESPN owns the Texas Bowl.

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