Bad News for Pack’s Charlotte Chances

Of all of the various bowl scenarios that exist for NC State, the least appealing one may be the one unfolding behind the scenes.

Today’s News & Record shared the following:

Even when more information becomes known, the ACC bowl situation remains murky. On Thursday, Gary Beck, the executive director of the MPC Computers Bowl, indicated that Boston College might be out of the mix for his Boise-based game.

“I think the ACC’s feeling is that Boston College should probably be playing in a bowl that picks a little higher than us,” Beck said. “So, I think they’re working hard to try to make sure that (the Eagles) get in the appropriate bowl for their record.”

The article goes on to share a scenario where Clemson goes to the Peach Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl chooses Boston College (over Florida State) because the ACC doesn’t want BC to fall very far. Although this sounds great for NC State since State would go to Charlotte and FSU to Boise, there remains a real big problem with this scenario — logic.

Why on earth would the Champs Sports Bowl would do such a thing?

Bowls are independent businesses that have to take care of their own best interests, despite what their ACC-partner may wish that they do. What is in the best interest of the Champs to make a decision that will effectively decrease the national attention in their game AND result in the selling of 20,000 LESS TICKETS?

One thing we definitely know for sure — we’ll know how all of this will shake out this weekend.

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11 Responses to Bad News for Pack’s Charlotte Chances

  1. Mr. O 12/02/2005 at 8:14 AM #

    Charlotte has always said they want NC State or Clemson. However, I doubt they said that thinking that FSU might be an option for them.

    Charlotte might never have a shot at Florida St. again. How could they pass up FSU?

  2. choppack 12/02/2005 at 8:35 AM #

    Easy – if the game is SFU vs. FSU. Florida State fans travel well -but how well will the travel to see a 7-5 play that has lost 4 straight. I just don’t see the appeal of that game.

    I find it amusing and very telling that the NC sports columnists haven’t attacked Swofford here:
    A) He’s responsible for this Boise montrosity that is about as appealing to the traveling bowl fan as eating out of the dumpster.
    B) He creates the contracts which allow the wiggle room for these bowls.
    C) He created a situation where he’s lucky to have bowls for all the teams in his conference w/ .500 records in conference!

    That the local columnists who routinely opine on mundane cwap during this downtime haven’t bothered to criticize him probably shows where their loyalty lies – or just how perceptive they are.

    It still amazes me that Swofford would rather the bowls and their cities take a bath financially than send another ranked 8-3 team to Boise. (And every story on the bowl game scenarios should emphasize that last year, 18th ranked, 8-3 UVa went to Boise.)

  3. Mr. O 12/02/2005 at 8:55 AM #

    Certainly they could pass on FSU. But that doesn’t mean that they would pass on FSU. I would at least think they would take a long hard look at FSU.

  4. BJD95 12/02/2005 at 8:58 AM #

    If Swofford doesn’t want BC in Boise, I can’t imagine he’d be OK with a league championship participant falling to Boise, either. The bowl system is such a clusterfuck.

  5. Rick Jernigan 12/02/2005 at 9:00 AM #

    As long as each Bowl selects based on their own self interest, I like our chances of avoiding Boise. To me, the most likely Bowl to deviate from this stance is the Champs. I could see Tom Mickle selecting BC based on some “deal” from the ACC for something better down the road. Choppack – That is a great point about UVA to Boise last year. The VA press may have complained about this but I don’t remember any NC press making this point. If BC falls to Boise, I see a litany of columns coming bemoaning the injustice of it all.

  6. Mr. O 12/02/2005 at 9:04 AM #

    Did UVa go to Charlotte two years in row prior to going to Boise last year?

  7. choppack 12/02/2005 at 9:07 AM #

    “If Swofford doesn’t want BC in Boise, I can’t imagine he’d be OK with a league championship participant falling to Boise, either. The bowl system is such a clusterfuck.”

    I really think it comes down to one our tie-ins. If getting passed over by Charlotte meant that BC was going to the DC area or South Florida or somewehere else desireable against a desireable opponent, there wouldn’t the angst here – shared by Swofford, BC and State fans. One of the more telling comments about bowls affiliations came from Spurrier – who said he’d love to play OU in the Independence Bowl.

    Also, as mediocre as the Big 12 has become, even our champs bowl tie-in stinks right now.

  8. BJD95 12/02/2005 at 10:01 AM #

    I agree – Champs and Boise are definitely the worst options, including the 2 extra slots in SF and Nashville. You will get a very competitive, interesting game in Boise (just an unpleasant destination, unless you ski) – unlike in the Champs Bowl.

  9. choppack 12/02/2005 at 4:30 PM #

    I was thinking today at lunch –

    one thing we can tell right now:
    1) The Peach Bowl has everything they need right now to select BC. If they really wanted BC, they could select them. With BC, the opponent isn’t very important.
    2) There is a possibility that FSU is their first choice and they are hoping for a Noles loss, but can’t offer because of the championship game.
    3) I am hoping that Clemson is their first choice of the teams not playing Saturday assuming the following factors – no SC in the Peach Bowl, VaTech is preferred, so they aren’t tendering an offer to Clemson to accomodate the long shot.

  10. VaWolf82 12/03/2005 at 10:54 AM #

    With regards to UVa….they played in Charlotte the first two years of the bowl’s existence (beating WVU and Pitt). The joke here in Va was that you couldn’t spell “TIRE” without “U”, “V”, and “A”.

    If memory serves, UVa said that they couldn’t go to the Tangerine last year because it would interfere with exams. Charlotte wanted UNC for several reasons and that’s how UVa ended up in Boise.

  11. Jeff 12/03/2005 at 5:52 PM #

    Memory serves you so well, VaWolf!!

    Nov 28, 2004

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