Liberty part of official Big East bowl lineup

The Big East has officially completed its bowl lineup for the 2010-13 seasons, and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has joined the party.

The league could send a team to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis instead of the Papajohns.com Bowl. The Big East would play either the Conference USA champion or an SEC opponent in the Liberty.

"The objective is to put teams in a pool to create the best matchups," Big East associate commissioner Nick Carparelli said.

Carparelli said the agreement should allow the Big East to appear in the Liberty Bowl at least once during that four-year span.

The conference previously announced agreements with the Champs Sports, Meineke Car Care and New Era Pinstripe bowls. Today, it officially extended its partnerships with the Papajohns.com and Beef 'O' Brady's (formerly the St. Petersburg Bowl) games.

The 2010 Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl will be played Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Liberty Bowl will be held Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, and the Papajohns.com game is Jan. 8, 2011, at noon on ESPN.

The complete lineup and pecking order now looks like this:

BCS Bowl -- Big East champion

Champs Sports Bowl -- Big East vs. ACC

Meineke Car Care Bowl -- Big East vs. ACC

New Era Pinstripe Bowl -- Big East vs. Big 12

Papajohns.com Bowl/AutoZone Liberty Bowl -- Big East vs. SEC or C-USA

Beef 'O’ Brady’s Bowl -- Big East vs. C-USA

"We think it's the best bowl lineup we've ever had in the history of this conference," Carparelli said.

The league had stated its goals as trying to get games in attractive locales convenient to fans and to have high-caliber opponents. The postseason now includes stops in Orlando, Charlotte, New York City, Birmingham, Memphis and St. Petersburg, with the possibility of BCS opponents in every game except the No. 6 slot.