Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Bowl Situation

Well, here's the deal with bowls, as best as I can guess:

BCS - Miami
Gator - VaTech
Peach - FSU
Champs Sports - Virginia
Tire - North Carolina
MPC Computers - Georgia Tech

So I think it is blue-turf time for the 2nd year in a row. Clemson will decline a bowl berth due to the brawl against rival SC, making the path to Boise clear for the Jackets. Even though the loss assurred us of not getting an east coast trip, it would have been nice to see the team in Vegas or Houston. But alas, bring your cold-weather gear.

Having said that, the team seemed to have a GREAT time there last year, so whereever they end up, best of luck to them. Congrats on another winning season and another bowl game.

Now, there is a small chance we trump North Carolina for the Tire Bowl. Personally I think that would be justice for our previous west coast trips and UNC's first opportunity for a bowl in awhile. But I give it 2% odds.

This from the Tire Bowl Website:

Ken Haines, president and CEO of Raycom Sports -

"We regret not being able to consider Clemson as an option for our Bowl. However, we fully understand and respect the actions of the University. Going forward, Georgia Tech and North Carolina remain as possibilities for the Continental Tire Bowl.”

Will Webb, executive director of the Continental Tire Bowl -

"We will be meeting with our selection committee tonight and plan on making an announcement tomorrow as to our selection for the ACC representative in this year’s Continental Tire Bowl."

Now, there is one more scenario. The Jackets turn down a trip to Boise and the ACC makes a deal with one of the other open bowl slots (of which there will probably be 4-5). Now that S.Carolina is out the SEC might have 2 open slots. The PAC 10 will likely have 4 open slots and there might be one more open as well from the Big 10. If this happens, we want to make sure not to tick of the MPC folks or we may not get a return offer in the future if it comes to that.
Here are some older bowl articles:

Think that fan support impacts Bowl Reps?
Representatives from the Champs Sports Bowl (formerly Tangerine) in Orlando were at Bobby Dodd Stadium for Saturday's game. The Champs Sports Bowl has the fourth pick among ACC teams.

They expressed disappointment at Saturday's small crowd and indicated before the game that a Tech loss would all but eliminate the Yellow Jackets from consideration for the Dec. 21 game.

The Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, which picks fifth, has made no secret of its desire to have North Carolina or Clemson represent the ACC in its game.

More confirmation that UNC will get chosen in the morning:
"When we first created the bowl, we had an interest that a Carolinas team would be involved," George Johnson, the Continental Tire Bowl spokesman said Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. "As we sit here today, we've never had one."

That leaves Johnson's committee a choice between UNC, Clemson and Georgia Tech. While he wouldn't rule out the Yellow Jackets, Johnson made it clear that the real choice is between UNC and Clemson -- but he insisted that neither team was a frontrunner.