By Tom Schad of The Commercial Appeal

Posted: Dec. 06, 2015

The University of Memphis football program had long hoped, and expected, to play in its bowl game in Birmingham if it did not qualify for a New Year’s Six bowl. And on Sunday afternoon, it got its wish.

The Tigers will face Auburn in this year’s Birmingham Bowl, which will mark their second bowl appearance in as many seasons. Kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. on December 30 at Historic Legion Field in Birmingham. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

“It’s a great opponent, obviously, another SEC power,” interim coach Darrell Dickey said after practice Sunday. “We’re playing in historic Legion Field, where there’s been an unbelievable amount of big-time football games played, and in a great state, where football is big. We’re going to a city where our fans, Tiger Nation, can be there. And I hope they More >