In coordinated announcements on Thursday, Florida Citrus Sports and the Big XII confirmed that the Tangerine Bowl would be the first non-BCS bowl in Florida to contract with the conference and host one its teams in post-season play.
The 2002 Tangerine Bowl will be played Monday, December 23, at 5:30
p.m.(ET) in the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando. It will be
broadcast by ESPN. Nine days later the Capital One Florida Citrus
Bowl will be played on New Year's Day with ABC Sports carrying the
traditional Big Ten and Southeastern Conference battle.
The Tangerine Bowl re-emerged on the bowl scene last fall. The former
Micron.pc Bowl (Ft. Lauderdale) transferred its accreditation rights
to Florida Citrus Sports, which renamed the game "Tangerine" in honor
of the Orlando bowl that became the Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl
in 1983. In its first revival on December 20, 2001, Pittsburgh (Big
East) defeated North Carolina State (ACC) by a score of 34-19.
The Tangerine Bowl paid $765,000 per team last year. In 2002 it will
host a Big XII team from among the #5-#7 teams in co-op with the
Independence and Houston Bowls. The ACC representative will be its
4th place finisher, up from the #5 team in 2001.
Five current Big XII teams have played in past Tangerine or Citrus
bowls. In the Tangerine, Oklahoma State beat BYU in 1976; Florida
State topped Texas Tech in 1977; and Missouri mastered Southern Miss
in 1981. The 1989 Florida Citrus Bowl saw Oklahoma fall to Clemson
and, in 1991, Nebraska lost to Georgia Tech, 45-21, giving the Yellow
Jackets a share (UPI poll) of the national championship (Colorado led
the AP poll).
Florida Citrus Sports President Bill Dymond: "We are extremely
excited about the prospect of matching a Big XII Conference team with
an Atlantic Coast Conference team. The ACC teams had a tremendous
season last year, and during the past several years the Big XII has
been, from top to bottom, the most successful football conference in
the country. As a bowl organization, we are extremely pleased that
we will now be able to deliver two popular and memorable bowl
experiences to fans from four distinctly different regions of the
Big XII Conference Commissioner Kevin Weiberg: "We appreciate our
first-ever non-BCS contract with a bowl in Florida. This will help
our regional and national football exposure."
Tangerine Bowl Ties in with Big XII and ACC
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