Pac-10 and WAC To Compete in Silicon Valley Football Classic

Aug. 6, 2002

SAN JOSE, Calif.-- The Western Athletic Conference and Pacific-10 Conference finalized an agreement to compete in the Third Annual Silicon Valley Football Classic December 31. The announcement was made today at the 2002 Bay Area College Football Luncheon in San Francisco.

Previously slating the WAC against an At Large team, the new agreement guarantees a Football Classic match up between a WAC school and the sixth-place Pac-10 team.

'This alliance with the Pac-10 will assure the Silicon Valley Football Classic that they will continue to build upon the outstanding national image they have established after the last two Bowl games,' said Karl Benson, Western Athletic Conference Commissioner.

Chuck Shelton, Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Football Classic, agrees, 'This deal allows for new and exciting collegiate competition. I want to continue to build upon the spirit, enthusiasm and fan base that was generated during last year's game between Michigan State and Fresno State.'

In 2001, the event generated nearly $9.2 million in economic impact for the City of San Jose.

The Silicon Valley Football Classic is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2002 at 12:30 p.m. (PST) at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

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