Tangerine Bowl Ties in with Big XII and ACC

A Big XII Conference team will be matched up against an Atlantic Coast Conference team in Orlando's Tangerine Bowl for the next four years.

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 country."

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."

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