ECAC Bowls

Background
Timeline

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Background

In 1983 the ECAC introduced two bowl games to give Division 3 football programs in the east a chance for post-season competition beyond the eight-team NCAA tournament. It proved successful and by 2002 had expanded to six games, with two more possible if there were enough qualifying teams.

Changing the format in 2015 so all the teams played at a single site over three days, instead of campus sites on Saturday afternoon, proved to be unpopular. The games returned to campus sites in 2018, but with only four played, at this point many conferences had decided to sponsor bowls outside the ECAC structure (New England Bowl Series, New York Bowl and the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series).

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Timeline

SEASONS BOWLS
1983 First games played, one game in each the north and south regions at campus sites.
  • Metro NY/NJ
  • New England
1984-1990 Games renamed.
  • North
  • South
1991-2001 Expanded to two games per region.
  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • Southeast
  • Southwest
2002-2014 Expanded to three games per region, with an additional game per region if deemed warranted.
  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • North Atlantic
  • Southeast
  • Southwest
  • South Atlantic
  • North Central (2010, 2013, 2014)
  • South Central (2008)
2015-2016 Format and names changed. Six games are played over three days at a neutral site.
  • Asa S. Bushnell
  • Clayton Chapman
  • James Lynah
  • Legacy
  • Presidents
  • Robert M. "Scotty" Whitelaw
2017 Reduction to four games at a neutral site.
  • Asa S. Bushnell
  • Clayton Chapman
  • James Lynah
  • Robert M. "Scotty" Whitelaw
Since 2018 Return to campus sites for games.
  • Asa S. Bushnell
  • Clayton Chapman
  • James Lynah
  • Robert M. "Scotty" Whitelaw
2020 Bowls canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.