Tigers Accept Invitation to Chic-Fil-A Bowl

With the first selection in the ACC after the BCS, the Chick-fil-A Bowl today officially extended an invitation to the No. 15 (AP) Clemson Tigers (9-3, 5-3) making them the Atlantic Coast Conference representative to face an SEC opponent in the 40th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Atlanta.

The invitation was accepted by Athletics Director Terry Don Phillips and head coach Tommy Bowden. This marks Clemson's seventh selection to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Tigers are 2-4 in the bowl, but their latest appearance resulted in a win over #6 Tennessee in 2003.

Chick-fil-A Bowl officials will travel to Clemson, S.C. on Thursday to make the formal invitation on Clemson's campus.

"In Clemson, we're getting a top-15 team coming in playing some great football after winning five of their last six games including a rivalry game on the road," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president. "All ACC players Cullen Harper, James Davis and Aaron Kelly are all from Atlanta and will get to come home to lead an exciting offensive unit that's just plain fun to watch. We are very much looking forward to the Tigers return to the Chick-fil-A Bowl."

"We are delighted to be selected to play Auburn in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl," said Clemson Athletic Director Dr. Terry Don Phillips. "Our fans have always shown great support for this bowl game and I'm sure that will be the case this year because Auburn has one of the top programs in the nation. We are all looking forward to this game.

"We're very excited to play in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl," said Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "There is a lot of history between these two schools dating to the early days of both schools football programs. Clemson and Auburn take great pride in their football programs and traditions. I know that personally because I have coached at both schools. It should be a terrific college football game and great atmosphere."

"Clemson has a long tradition of supporting the Chick-fil-A Bowl and it's our honor to host them again," said Chuck Fruit, Chick-fil-A Bowl chairman. "This fan base brings an electric atmosphere everywhere they go and they'll undoubtedly turn the Georgia Dome into 'Death Valley South' on New Year's Eve."

The Chick-fil-A Bowl will be broadcast nationally by ESPN Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the longest-running rivalry series of top-ranked teams from the ACC and SEC and is recognized as one of the most competitive bowl games in college football. The Chick-fil-A Bowl owns exclusive rights to the first selection in the ACC - after the BCS - and will set records this year with its 11th straight sellout and an all-time high $5.83 million in total team payout. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the highest-attended non-BCS game in the country and leads all bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions.

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