The 14th annual GoDaddy.com Bowl will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL on January 6, 2013 - 8:00 p.m. CST. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
All great things begin with a degree of daydreaming. A simple idea soon becomes a constant thought. Then, when mentioned in random conversation, the idea explodes into action.
Stan Tiner, former editor of the Mobile Register, is the man who first uttered the "What if" scenario in reference to the bowl game being played today. Tiner, a long-time supporter of sports in Mobile, discussed the possibilities of an NCAA-sanctioned bowl game with Mobile Mayor Mike Dow for the first time in 1998, and Dow immediately saw the possibilities.
With phrases such as economic impact, national exposure and hotel occupancy dancing in their heads, Tiner and Dow looked within the city for help and approached the former University of Pittsburgh head coach and longtime resident of the Port City, Mike Gottfried, for leadership and direction.
Gottfried, using his contacts as a former head coach and now college football analyst for ESPN, as well as his established friendships within college athletics circles, assessed the city's efforts and began to build support for attracting a bowl game in Mobile. Almost immediately, the City of Mobile and the mayor got behind the project.
Preliminary inquires were encouraging and as the process continued, positive vibes continued. At each step, the NCAA asked that certain criteria be met and each time the city and Gottfried met those criteria.
In less than a year, NCAA certification was approved, making Tiner's idea of the Mobile Alabama Bowl a reality.
The GoDaddy.com Bowl is a post-season NCAA sanctioned Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game drawing top teams from the Mid-American Conference and the Sun Belt Conference.