The Lone Star Conference has agreed to annually send a representative to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, played each December at Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cove, Texas, it was announced Tuesday as part of the league’s annual football media day at a downtown Fort Worth hotel.
The Heart of Texas Bowl, which has existed for 12 years as a junior college game and added a Division II game last year, will be a doubleheader featuring the JUCO game in the afternoon followed by an LSC team taking on a Division II opponent in the night cap. The games are set for the first Saturday in December each year.
The bowl is sponsored by C.H.A.M.P.S., Communities Helping Americans Mature Progress and Succeed, a school-based program aimed at educating students about the dangers of the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol, and was founded by Copperas Cove Head Coach and Athletic Director Jack Welch.
“We’re grateful for Jack Welch and the others who administer the Heart of Texas Bowl for identifying the Lone Star Conference as a worthy participant in the game, and we look forward to a great partnership with the Copperas Cove community,” said Stan Wagnon, LSC commissioner. “Having the chance to participate in a postseason bowl game is something our coaches have valued for some time, and getting to do that in a community located literally in the heart of Texas makes it all the better.”
Participating teams will be expected to arrive Friday before the game. The bowl committee will provide various meals and entertainment for the participants, including a Friday night banquet. Also, both teams will have the opportunity to participate in learning and community engagement activities while in Copperas Cove.
Since the LSC also sends a representative to the Kansas-based Kanza Bowl, the LSC’s best non-playoff team will have the choice of playing in the Heart of Texas Bowl or the Kanza Bowl, while the next best LSC non-playoff team will play in the remaining bowl.
A bowl selection committee will be responsible for selecting the LSC’s opponent each year, which is expected to come from neighboring Division II conferences like the Great American Conference or Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.