Fiesta Bowl to pit Louisville, SEC school

November 13, 1990|By Boston Globe

After a weekend of frantic calls in search of teams, the Fiesta Bowl finally came up with a tentative matchup yesterday, locking in Louisville and either Tennessee, Alabama or Auburn.

The deal was not complete until Louisville -- which reportedly backed out of a commitment to the All-American Bowl -- accepted the Fiesta's offer and the Southeastern Conference worked out a complicated procedure involving Mississippi, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee.

Fiesta Bowl officials met almost around the clock as they attempted to solve a crisis caused last week by the defeat of a statewide referendum to honor Martin Luther King with a holiday in Arizona.

When Virginia, which the Fiesta Bowl had courted for weeks, decided to accept a Sugar Bowl invitation, the Fiesta was forced to scramble.

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