Ron Wellman Writes on the ACC Bowl Partners

Dec. 23, 2009

As the bowl season picks up steam this week, we should take a look at what the Atlantic Coast Conference's bowl lineup will look like for the next few years.

The ACC has signed renewal agreements with the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl, the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl and the EagleBank Bowl. The ACC will also bring in new bowl partners in the Brut Sun Bowl and the Advocare 100 Independence Bowl. The ACC will no longer have a bowl tie-ins with the Gator Bowl.

Each of these bowl contracts will run from 2010 through 2013 so the ACC's bowl partnerships will cover each of the next four seasons.

The order of the bowl selection will be: the FedEx Orange Bowl or BCS followed by the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl, the Brut Sun Bowl, the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, the Advocare 100 Independence Bowl and the EagleBank Bowl.

In addition, should the ACC have nine bowl-eligible teams, a provisional agreement has been signed with the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco so as to best accommodate all of the ACC teams.

Our fans were disappointed that Wake Forest's string of consecutive bowl bids was stopped after three successful years. But we are fully confident that Coach Grobe will have the Deacons back in the hunt for a bowl game in 2010.

Looking back at 2009, Demon Deacon fans have much to be thankful for at this time of the year. Wake Forest experienced success in most of its sports over the last 12 months. The men's and women's soccer teams, men's and women's tennis teams and both of our golf teams reached the NCAA Tournament. Both the men's and women's basketball teams reached the postseason and look as though they could return in 2010. We claimed an ACC team championship in women's golf and a national champion in Michael Bingham who won the NCAA indoor 400 meter title.

We also have much to look forward to this spring. While there is still snow on the ground here in Winston-Salem, the baseball season is right around the corner. Coach Tom Walter will make his home debut on February 19 when the Deacons host Army. We will dedicate a new golf learning center in May that will keep Wake Forest among the national leaders in golf facilities.

From all of our coaches, staff and student-athletes at Wake Forest University, we wish you the merriest of holiday seasons. We are thankful to have your support and hope that you will continue to support us as well in 2010. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Go Deacs!

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