So the Orange Bowl isn't going anywhere. Neither, it seems, is the ACC.
In an announcement that affirmed the importance of both the Orange Bowl and the much-criticized (of late) ACC, officials from both on Tuesday said that they had signed a 12-year deal that will see the ACC champion play in Miami every year. Also announced was that the game would be played at 1 p.m. on New Year's Day starting in 2014--a vast improvement over years past, when the Orange Bowl was often played on weekday nights following New Year's. Small crowds and a general lack of enthusiasm was the result.
One important note: If the ACC champion qualifies for the new college football "playoff," a replacement team from the league will play in the Orange Bowl instead.
In a statement, ACC commissioner John Swofford said his league and the bowl had a "terrific relationship," and that the deal would "further an already beneficial partnership for both organizations."
Said Swofford: "The Discover Orange Bowl has a rich history of prestige, is located within the league's footprint and is a great destination for our student-athletes, alumni and fans. In addition to our continued partnership, we are very pleased to be playing annually on New Year's Day."
Added Orange Bowl Committee president O. Ford Gibson: "The Orange Bowl is extremely pleased to continue its relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference. We are looking forward to entering this new era of postseason collegiate football with a valued partner and its historically successful member institutions."
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