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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Nick Carparelli
The Big East will compete with four conferences that have not had BCS automatic-qualifying status for a guaranteed spot in the lucrative marquee bowl games when college football's new postseason system starts in 2014
The Fiesta Bowl is in the clear. The NCAA is letting the top-tier bowl game keeps its license, though it was placed on one year's probation.
Nine of the 11 members of an NCAA panel that will help decide the Fiesta Bowl's fate attended a bowl-sponsored retreat that included free meals, resort rooms and golf outings.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich heard the rumblings four years ago when he led the push to expand Cardinal Stadium.
"We are really proud of the role we played in the creation of the Pinstripe Bowl and certainly expect to see that game continue to grow," said Nick Carparelli, senior associate commissioner for the American.
Much the way BCS officials did last week, Carparelli said his group was troubled with the findings of the independent report but supports the Fiesta Bowl's "new direction."