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Hiring Seasonal Interns

ReliaQuest Bowl Seasonal Worker/Internship ProgramJob DescriptionThe ReliaQuest Bowl is searching for upbeat, outgoing, positive individuals living in the Tampa Bay area who are looking for experience in the Sports/Entertainment field. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic individuals who are willing to work hard
August 16, 2023

​Maverick Sports Media Group Partners with ReliaQuest Bowl as Official Digital Media Partner

Maverick Sports Media, a leading creative agency specializing in content that sits at the nexus of sports, entertainment, and pop culture, is excited to announce its new partnership with the esteemed ReliaQuest Bowl as their official digital media partner. This collaboration follows Maverick's successful digital media partnership with the University
June 20, 2023

ReliaQuest Bowl To Kickoff at 12:00 Noon on New Year's Day

Tampa, FL - ESPN and Tampa Bay Bowl Association officials today announced the ReliaQuest Bowl Game is scheduled to be played on Monday, January 1st, 2024, at Raymond James Stadium. The game will kick off at 12:00 PM ET and telecast nationally on ESPN2 TV. The Bowl will
May 31, 2023

Chris Roederer Named Chair of 2023-24 ReliaQuest Bowl

CHRIS ROEDERER NAMED CHAIR OF 2023-24 RELIAQUEST BOWLTampa, FL -- The Tampa Bay Bowl Association has announced that Chris Roederer has been elected to the post of Chair of the Board of Directors of the popular New Year's Day college bowl game located in Tampa. Roederer is
May 4, 2023

ReliaQuest Bowl Alumni Selected in 2023 NFL Draft

Tampa, FL -- Over its 37year history the ReliaQuest Bowl has played host to some of the best college football players in the sport. This year's NFL draft featured seventeen (17) players selected that have played in recent ReliaQuest Bowl games.In addition to the 17 players drafted, at least
April 30, 2023

ReliaQuest Excited to Build On Bowl Title Sponsorship Exposure

By Joey JohnstonTAMPA - On Monday's game day, Brian Murphy was so excited. He woke up at 4:30 a.m. He paced the house and imagined what was ahead while preparing for his first ReliaQuest Bowl."Whatever I expected, it surpassed everything I had imagined,'' Murphy said. "The weather was perfect. The
January 3, 2023

Box Score - January 2, 2023

Game SummaryBox ScoreTeam1st2nd3rd4thTotal Mississippi State Bulldogs0301619 Illinois Fighting Illini073010Scoring SummarySECOND QUARTERMSSTILLTDTommy DeVito rushed for 2 yard touchdown (Caleb Griffin made PAT)07FGM. Biscardi kicked a 38-yard field goal37
January 2, 2023

Game Summary - January 2, 2023

Game SummaryBox ScoreTeam1st2nd3rd4thTotal Mississippi State Bulldogs0301619 Illinois Fighting Illini073010TAMPA, Fla. -- - Massimo Biscardi made a 27-yard tiebreaking field goal with four seconds left, Marcus Banks returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown on the game's last play
January 2, 2023

Mississippi State's ReliaQuest Bowl Win One for the Pirate

By Joey JohnstonTAMPA - Somewhere in the afterlife, probably aboard a lonely seafaring vessel, a maroon-clad pirate put away a cowbell to swing his sword, then raise a goblet in triumph.There's no doubt. Mike Leach would have appreciated the ReliaQuest Bowl's unforgettable finishing kick on Monday afternoon.The Mississippi State Bulldogs,
January 2, 2023

ReliaQuest Bowl MVP Justin Robinson

ReliaQuest Bowl: Mississippi State vs IllinoisMonday, January 2, 2023Tampa, Florida, USARaymond James StadiumMississippi StateJustin RobinsonReliaQuest Bowl MVPPress ConferenceMississippi State - 19, Illinois - 10Q. Justin, you said you felt pretty confident. Walk us through that touchdown that you made.JUSTIN ROBINSON: Before the play, during the timeout, they told us it
January 2, 2023

Illinois Player Quotes

ReliaQuest Bowl Post-Game QuotesOL Alex PalczewskiOn what he will remember about this season"You know I'm just proud of how these guys fought. Throughout 6 years, there's always a point of the season where something happens
January 2, 2023

Mississippi State Player Quotes

ReliaQuest Bowl Post-Game QuotesLB Jett JohnsonOn finishing the season with a win in the ReliaQuest BowlHuge win. So proud of this team, can't say enough about them. You know, it didn't go the way we
January 2, 2023

Zach Arnett Post-Game Quotes

ReliaQuest Bowl: Mississippi State vs IllinoisMonday, January 2, 2023Tampa, Florida, USARaymond James StadiumMississippi StateZach ArnettPress ConferenceMississippi State - 19, Illinois - 10ZACH ARNETT: First and foremost, I want to thank the ReliaQuest Bowl. Our guys have had a very memorable week. We certainly enjoyed ourselves. It was a first class
January 2, 2023

Bret Bielema Post-Game Quotes

ReliaQuest Bowl: Mississippi State vs IllinoisMonday, January 2, 2023Tampa, Florida, USARaymond James StadiumIllinoisBret BielemaPress ConferenceMississippi State - 19, Illinois - 10BRET BIELEMA: Give a lot of credit to Mississippi State. They came in and battled it out for four quarters, winning it at the end.I thought it would be a
January 2, 2023

Newton, Randolph Lead Nations Top Defense

By Joey Johnston The Illinois defense, ranked No. 1 nationally, must weather a few changes heading its game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2 at Raymond James Stadium. Defensive coordinator Ryan Walters has been hired as Purdue's head coach. Cornerback Devon
December 29, 2022

Rogers Continues To Prove He Is One of the Best

By Joey JohnstonAaron Murray, Drew Lock, David Greene, Chris Leak, Peyton Manning, Eric Zeier, Danny Wuerffel and Will Rogers? It's true. Rogers, the Mississippi State quarterback, ranks eighth all-time in SEC career passing. He's behind some celebrity names. But he's also ahead of a dozen or
December 29, 2022

ReliaQuest Bowl Head Coaches Joint News Conference

ReliaQuest Bowl: Mississippi State vs IllinoisThursday, December 29, 2022Tampa, Florida, USARaymond James StadiumBret BielemaZach ArnettBrian MurphyPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Thank you for being here. We especially thank the coaches for taking time out to spend with you all today outside of their practices and preparation for game day.We'll start off asking
December 29, 2022

Bulldog Coach Zach Arnett Looking to Build on Mentors Legacy

By Joey Johnston Mississippi State's Zach Arnett hoped he would become a head coach one day. But even though it happened in a difficult manner - Arnett was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach following the shocking death of Mike Leach on Dec. 12 - he's carrying on
December 19, 2022

Coach Bret Bielema Hoping to Finish Season Strong in Tampa

By Joey JohnstonBret Bielema loves Tampa. It's one of his favorite spots. So when he led the Illinois Fighting Illini to a turnaround season in his third year as head coach, he was particularly delighted with an invitation to the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2 at Raymond James Stadium."I've been
December 19, 2022

Illini, Bulldogs Looking to Put Exclamation Point on Their Season

By Joey JohnstonWhen the college football season began, practically no one expected the Illinois Fighting Illini and Mississippi State Bulldogs to be surrounded by beaches, palm trees, world-class attractions and the Tampa Bay area's inviting destination for a New Year's weekend bowl game.Let's roll the preseason predictions:Illinois: Picked sixth among
December 4, 2022

Illinois and Mississippi State to Square Off In ReliaQuest Bowl

Tampa, FL- The ReliaQuest Bowl will feature the Illinois Illini and No. 22 ranked Mississippi State facing off on January 2nd in Tampa, bowl officials announced today. It will be only the second meeting in history for the two teams that last played in 1980 and the
December 4, 2022