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Big Ten, Pac-12 extending bowl alliance
Big Ten teams will play in the Holiday Bowl and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl starting in 2014, further extending a postseason football alliance with the Pac-12.
The Associated Press
The Big Ten and Pac-12 will have two more opportunities to play each other in California bowl games.
The Big Ten is set to announce new affiliations with the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco to play Pac-12 teams, starting in 2014. Conference commissioners Jim Delany of the Big Ten and Larry Scott and of the Pac-12, along with bowls officials, are scheduled to hold a teleconference Monday.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have a long tradition of playing each other in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Fight Hunger Bowl is moving up in the Pac-12’s selection order. It will have the fourth selection from the conference after the College Football Playoff, of which the Rose Bowl is a part, the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio and the Holiday Bowl. The Fight Hunger Bowl currently has the sixth selection from the Pac-12.
The Pac-12 has long been the geographic anchor conference for both the Holiday Bowl and Fight Hunger Bowl games.
Siva sits out final Blazers workout
TUALATIN, Ore. — Peyton Siva, a Louisville point guard from Franklin High School, sat out the Portland Trail Blazers’ final pre-draft workout Saturday as a precaution after tweaking his ankle in Seattle.
“I didn’t want to push too hard this close to draft time,” Siva said. “I didn’t feel 100 percent. I felt around 80 or so, but I’d rather do these workouts at 100 percent than not at all.”
Siva said his injury, which is not considered serious, happened as he worked out in his hometown with former Blazers Jamal Crawford and Brandon Roy. Both players also are from Seattle.
“It definitely sucks that I couldn’t come out here and work out,” Siva said, “but hopefully I’ve left a lasting impression playing college ball and interviewing.”
As a senior for national champion Louisville, Siva averaged 10 points and had a 2.15 assist-to-turnover ratio.
“I always feel that I’m the best point guard (in the draft), but I just have to continue to go out there and prove it,” said Siva.
Mock drafts have projected Siva as a late second-round pick.