A Prince George's County businessman hopes to create a postseason college football game and call it the Maryland Bowl.

Keith Howard, who also is football coach at Crossland High in Temple Hills, said he has been working for two years to create the game and hopes to secure a title sponsor in the next few months. He said he has contacted the NCAA about the proposal and believes that, with sponsorship, he can meet criteria to begin staging the game in December 2005.

Howard, who recently created Maryland Sports and Entertainment LLC, said he hopes to use the game to raise money for Prince George's County public schools.

"I sit on a bunch of committees for education and all they do is ask for money," said Howard, chairman of the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce education committee. "I'm going to use the Maryland Bowl as a vehicle to not only get some economic stimulus going in the state, but also to give back to my philanthropic concern, which is Prince George's County schools."

Howard said he has not contacted any conferences regarding a tie-in for a potential bowl, which would be held at one of three sites: Byrd Stadium in College Park, FedEx Field in Landover or M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

-- Josh Barr