ACC To Get Sun Bowl Tie-In? (Update: Deal Approved)

More changes may be afoot for the ACC’s bowl imprint. Sun Bowl and CBS officials will decide today whether to retain an association with the Big East or switch to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The opponent would remain a team from the Pacific 10. If it happens, this would add another New Year’s Day decent bowl to the ACC’s rota.

This comes shortly after the Big East dropped the Gator Bowl and picked up the Champs Sports Bowl, when they announced a new four year deal starting next year that will place the second selection from the Big East or Notre Dame versus the third or fourth selection from the ACC.

For their part, the Gator Bowl is continuing its “hybrid model,” which divided the selection of the Big East with the Big 12 when it came to selecting an opponent to play an ACC team.

1:50pm Update:

Big East Loses Sun Bowl Starting In 2010

The Sun Bowl football selection committee voted today to go with the Atlantic Coast Conference over the Big East Conference for the next bowl cycle from 2010-13, Sun Bowl committee chairman John Folmer told The Tampa Tribune.

The Sun Bowl, played in El Paso, Texas, will get the fifth selection from the ACC and the fourth selection from the Pac-10. The Big East had offered its third selection or Notre Dame when available, but Folmer said his committee thought the ACC offered more.

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18 Responses to ACC To Get Sun Bowl Tie-In? (Update: Deal Approved)

  1. choppack1 08/19/2009 at 9:29 AM #

    El Paso is a pretty fun city. I wouldn’t mind a tie-in w/ this bowl.

  2. Six Pack 08/19/2009 at 9:42 AM #

    Yeah, it’s not like it’s Boise.

  3. tjfoose1 08/19/2009 at 12:24 PM #

    El Paso > Boise

  4. Noah 08/19/2009 at 12:40 PM #

    Wow. I have never heard El Paso described as “fun.”

    My one time there, I thought it was aptly named. The only more appropriate name would have been, “Just keep driving, you will hit San Antonio eventually, Texas.”

  5. Texpack 08/19/2009 at 12:49 PM #

    The good news – an ACC affiliated bowl game in Texas.

    The bad news – El Paso is the half way point between Houston and Los Angeles.

    I would imagine they’ll bus in a bunch of translators to handle the influx of English speakers for the bowl game.

  6. Cosmo96 08/19/2009 at 2:12 PM #

    El Paso…I spent a week there one night.

  7. choppack1 08/19/2009 at 2:32 PM #

    Say what you want gents – I’ve been there twice and enjoyed it.

    I think it’s one of the safest big cities in the US.

    People very friendly, they support the bowl game, and some excellent food…and you as far as the bowl game goes – you usually get a decent opponent.

  8. Cosmo96 08/19/2009 at 3:08 PM #

    Actually, I’ve never been there, except driving through. I just wanted to use that Seinfeld quote.

  9. BJD95 08/19/2009 at 3:09 PM #

    They get our FIFTH selection? That seems a bit high, it certainly won’t be the 5th most desirable trip for the players, alumni, or the booster clubs charged with selling tickets. You will see an annual ritual of teams begging to “slip” to a slot in Charlotte or Nashville.

  10. Wufpacker 08/19/2009 at 3:55 PM #

    I completely understand what you’re saying BJD, and agree that folks will be trying to stay closer to home if possible. But, isn’t a bowl’s “level” pretty much determined by the payout? I’ve always thought this to be so, and that very reason is why this announcement surprised me.

    Getting a bowl tie-in is great and all, but I would think that it SHOULD be more desirable (if it is 5th in line) with respect to location, ease of travel, cost, etc., and not just payout.

    But, maybe it will turn out to be beneficial for BC since they don’t always have the most say in where they end up. If they gotta travel far anyway (and not take many fans), better El Paso than Boise or San Francisco.

  11. RickJ 08/19/2009 at 4:12 PM #

    This is actually a decent coup for the ACC. Fans may want to opt for Charlotte or Nashville but I think a majority of players would prefer the Sun Bowl. It also has great history, one of the oldest bowls and probably has the longest running TV contract with a single network – CBS. It is usually played at 2:00 PM on January 1st – this doesn’t mean what is used to but it is still better than any December 20 – 28th date.

  12. LRM 08/19/2009 at 4:44 PM #

    RickJ –

    For the record, the Sun Bowl hasn’t been played on New Year’s Day since 1958.

    But I like the Sun Bowl.

  13. jaybird80 08/19/2009 at 5:32 PM #

    The Sun Bowl has always been one of my favorite bowl games to watch. The setting is beautiful, the games have ususlly been competitive, and it makes a nice beginning to the plethora of games to follow; as well as the fun of New Year’s Eve. I think that it maight get lost on New Year’s Day and I hope it goes back to the day before. Any way, no need to worry too much about it since we will be in the Orange Bowl this year. 🙂

  14. RickJ 08/19/2009 at 5:37 PM #

    LRM – when you are wrong, you are wrong, thanks.

  15. nav 08/19/2009 at 6:02 PM #

    According to StubHub the Sun Bowl was played on 12/31/2009 10am local time.

  16. nav 08/19/2009 at 6:06 PM # shows 12/31/2009 2PM

  17. DFMo 08/19/2009 at 10:45 PM #

    And its the Brut Sun Bowl!

    75th Annual
    Brut Sun Bowl
    December 31, 2008
    12 p.m. MST

    You ain’t making that drive: Total Travel Estimates: 27 hours 48 minutes / 1856.10 miles

  18. Alpha Wolf 08/21/2009 at 10:00 AM #

    Thanks for the correction. I think I must have had too much coffee when I wrote the article.

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