Desoto County Sports

AutoZone Liberty Bowl announces 2023 date and time

The 65th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be played Friday, Dec. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Central time and will be televised on ESPN. The Dec. 29 date will be the beginning of the long New Year’s weekend.

This year’s Bowl game marks AutoZone’s 20th consecutive year as the title sponsor of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is the seventh-oldest bowl game in America and has a long history of delivering exciting games and excellent television viewership.

“Dec. 29 at 2:30 p.m. is a great date and time for fans to attend the game and for those around the world who will be watching on ESPN,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. “The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is proud to be part of ESPN’s bowl lineup on a day that kicks off a huge weekend of football. The Dec. 29 date provides the AutoZone Liberty Bowl a terrific opportunity to showcase two outstanding universities from the SEC and Big 12, the Memphis community and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl was founded in 1959, making it the seventh-oldest bowl game in America. Sixty-four different universities have participated in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s 65-year history has featured many of college football’s greatest coaches and players, such as Bear Bryant, Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Urban Meyer, Dan Mullen, Kirby Smart, Mike Gundy, Mike Leach, Sam Pittman and Heisman Trophy winners Ernie Davis, Terry Baker, Doug Flutie and Bo Jackson,as well as recent star players such as Nick Chubb, Dak Prescott and Tony Pollard.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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