The Tom Bowl

Tom Bowl FAQ
Tom Bowl XXXIV
Tom Bowl Letters
Game Summaries
Tom Bowl Parade
Tom Bowl News
Media Center
Tom Bowl Fan Poll
Hall of Fame
Tom Bowl Museum
About DeWitt
Stats and Trivia
Tom Bowl Store
Kid's Corner
Tom Bowl The Future


NCAA rejects Tom Bowl bid to be fifth BCS game

The Tom Bowl will remain the only major college bowl game not sanctioned by the NCAA.

With the news that the BCS' fifth bowl game will be held at a rotating basis at either the Sugar, Rose, Orange or Fiesta Bowls the Tom Bowl was shut out in its attempt to be part of the NCAA's exclusive top tier bowl system.

The Tom Bowl formally requested to be considered as the fifth bowl game earlier this year.

"It's OK," said the Tom Bowl President. "I'm sure they gave it some deep thought."




The National Collegiate Athletic Association
700 W. Washington Street
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222

April 27, 2004


 We are formally requesting that the Tom Bowl be considered as the Fifth BCS game.

 The Tom Bowl is currently the largest major college bowl game not sanctioned by the NCAA. Since 1989 we have traditionally invited the #1 and #2 teams in the nation to meet in college football’s ultimate showdown. Since 1994 this game has been held in Frank A. Schafer Field in Beal City, MI.

Last season our game featured a titanic scoreless tie between USC and LSU. While we have deviated from out standards over the years like in 2002 when we staged the Big 10 championship between Iowa and Ohio State our first choice is to always match up the top two teams in the nation.

 Enclosed you will find a promotional brochure about the Tom Bowl. If you need additional information please let me know or visit our website at

 Thank you for your consideration,



Tom Cantrell
Tom Bowl Headquarters