In 1995, under the leadership of the Sports Foundation, the Independence Bowl entered into an agreement with the Southeastern Conference. Then in 1998, bowl officials reached an agreement with the Big 12, closing in both sides of the Independence Bowl for the first time in the game’s then 22-year history. The Independence Bowl recently reached agreements with both the Big 12 and SEC, extending their partnerships through 2009.
In 2010, officials with the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl announced new partnerships with the Atlantic Coast Conference and Mountain West Conference, matching up the 7th pick from the ACC against the 3rd pick from the MWC.
In the summer of 2012, Independence Bowl officials announced a renewed partnership with the SEC, matching up the 10th pick of the SEC with the 7th pick from the ACC in 2012 and 2013. The Independence Bowl extended it’s primary partnerships with the SEC and ACC through the 2019 season, and also signed secondary agreements with Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference through 2019.
The Independence Bowl Foundation also hosted the Hall of Honor Induction Banquet and Golf Classic. This event honors new additions to the Hall of Honor.
Inductees are former players and coaches who participated in the Independence Bowl and went on to achieve personal and professional success both on and off the field. Inductees include such greats as Bruce Smith and Brett Favre, and most recently Coaches Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech and David Cutcliffe of Ole Miss, former LSU standout Eddie Kennison, and former Louisville and Chicago Bears standout Otis Wilson.
The 2006 Class of Inductees included former LSU head coach Gerry DiNardo, former LSU All-American and World Champion Pittsburgh Steeler, Alan Faneca (presently with the NY Jets), and former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints standout Deuce McAllister. In 2008 the Hall was expanded to include coaches Nick Saban and Terry Hoeppner, and former LSU quarterback Herb Tyler.