Orlando was the
Given that history, Orlando is the natural choice to replace Atlanta atop the conference's non-playoff bowl pecking order. And that is precisely what the ACC and
Combine that swap with a
Steve Hogan, CEO of
"I'm not sure anybody's in a position to formally (announce)," Hogan said, "but we've never made it a secret that our intention is always to work hard to be at the very top of selection orders with our partners. … Whether we can get that done remains to be seen, but we feel good about it."
Hogan wants the Russell Athletic to have the first choice of ACC teams after the league's champion, which in most years will play in the
Moreover, Hogan all but confirmed the
"It's not official, and we have options," Hogan said, "but the Big 12 is one of those options at a very high level."
With Big Ten and Southeastern Conference teams continuing to clash in the
The Cap One used to be called the Citrus Bowl, and as such contracted to invite the ACC champion from 1987-91.
When Orlando added a second bowl in 2001, the ACC returned to the city.
Orlando's Citrus Bowl stadium doesn't rate with the
"We'll have what amounts to a new stadium," Hogan said. "Just the two upper decks are going to remain. Everything else, including escalators and elevators and (concourses) is all brand new from the dirt up."
Another soon-to-be-announced change to the ACC bowl landscape: a game against the Big Ten in the Pinstripe Bowl at
The ACC sent teams to the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Gator from 1996-2009 before the Gator partnered with the Big Ten and SEC.
Bowls in Charlotte (Belk) and El Paso,
Unlike present arrangements, conferences will have far more say in assigning teams to their respective bowls, hopefully creating more attractive matchups and avoiding repeat trips for teams — Georgia Tech, for example, played in the last two Sun Bowls.
Moreover, onerous ticket demands will disappear. Virginia Tech was on the hook for 13,500 Russell Athletic tickets last year, an impossible task after a disappointing 6-6 regular season. The Hokies sold fewer than 3,000, and with help from the ACC had to pay for the remaining 10,000-plus.
"I think there's a real motivation to attack school expenses for appearing in bowl games," Hogan said, "whether that be in the form of great deals on hotels, cost-free practice sites. … Chief among them is a reduction in ticket commitments, which will be virtually universal around the country. …
"Everybody's looking for ways to create some flexibility … to get highly competitive teams that don't play a lot and put them on the field. It's compelling and rewarding. I think you'll see a lot more of that … in the new era."