New announcement today that the Emerald Bowl has been replaced by the Independence Bowl in the ACC’s bowl priority. The N&O has more.
The conference’s affiliation with the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco will be replaced by a new deal with the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. The ACC parted ways with the Gator Bowl earlier in the week. In August, the ACC announced a deal with the Sun Bowl, which effectively replaces the Gator.
The Independence Bowl will pit the seventh ACC selection against a Mountain West Conference opponent, according to the Shreveport Times.
The following chart is from the N&O and details next year’s bowl order:
The Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando has been elevated to the number three spot in the ACC’s contracted bowl selection order for 2010 through 2013, conference officials announced Wednesday.
That position behind the BCS/Orange Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl previously had been occupied by the Gator Bowl, whose longstanding relationship with the ACC is in jeopardy.
ACC associate commissioner for football Michael Kelly said it appears now that the Gator Bowl won’t have a contracted tie with the ACC. Kelly said ACC officials had rejected a proposal by Gator Bowl officials to eliminate the “one-win rule” from the conference’s bowl selection process.
That rule states that when a bowl selects its ACC representative, it must choose a team with a conference record that’s within one win of the team with the best available ACC record.