The Pacific 10 Conference is close to a four-year agreement to send its No. 2 team to the Alamo Bowl, according to Bud Withers of the Seattle Times.
Several changes involving conference tie-ins with bowls are expected in the coming weeks, and the Pac-10 is the first to cash in. The league's current agreement to send its No. 2 team to the Holiday Bowl pays $2.35 million, but the Alamo offered $3 million.
The Holiday would be knocked down a notch to No. 3 on the Pac-10 postseason list, but all bets are off at the moment. The Holiday's agreement with the Pac-10 expires at the end of the 2009 postseason and it could become an attractive free agent on the bowl market. Although Qualcomm Stadium is an aging facility, San Diego remains a popular destination for fans.
The biggest loser at the moment is the Big Ten. The Alamo plans to end to its association with the conference but retain an agreement with the Big 12, which often sends a Texas-based team to San Antonio.