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Conference USA has announced a deal with the St. Jude Liberty Bowl, in which C-USA and the Big East will send teams to the bowl starting December 31, 1996. The game will be televised on ESPN, which signed a three-year initial contract with a renewal option. A fourth Big East team will play the C-USA Champion (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/21). D-DAY FOR BIG 12 SITE SOON: A decision on where the Big 12 Conference will hold their championship football games could be made within two to four weeks. Big 12 AD's are awaiting more information "regarding the financial guarantees offered." Irving, San Antonio, Houston, St. Louis and Kansas City are the five cities that have bid on the game (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/21). The Big 12 hopes to kick off its first season on August 12, with Kansas State-Texas A&M. Big 12 Commissioner Steve Hatchell said ABC has asked the league start its package with a conference game (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/20).