Conference USA bowl game could come to FAU in Boca Raton, students approve

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Chris Lyles is a sophomore at Florida Atlantic University. The Exercise Science major is a die-hard football fan.

"I think we may actually do a lot of good and win a lot of games this year, most games," speculated Lyles. "Especially with UM being our first game, I think we could do some damage this year."

Lyles thinks if his school were to host a Conference USA bowl, it would boost all of its athletics programs.

"I think it would be good for the football team, for the school and for sports, period," said Lyles.
Dr. Ted Curtis, a Lynn University Sports Management professor, said the FAU stadium is perfect for a college bowl game.

"It's intended for college football," said Dr. Curtis. "It's intended for this kind of an event. The capacity is the right size."

According to CBS Sports, the league is considering a bowl game in Boca Raton. This would make the seventh for C-USA.

"The possible success of a bowl game in Boca Raton is going to depend on how all in the city is going to be," said Dr. Curtis.

Susan Whelchel, the mayor of Boca Raton, said she would be on board.

"After the last month of negative publicity, it would be a positive step for FAU," Whelchel said. "It would bring healing, and it would bring the community together."

Conference USA officials were not available for comment on Sunday.

As for Lyles, it would be a chance for his school to be in the national spotlight, and a chance for him to experience his first bowl game.

"It would be fun, it would be a great thing to experience," said Lyles. "I've never been to a bowl game. I'd never been to a college game until I came here."

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