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Georgia Tech AD Mike Bobinski said that ACC officials last week gave Commissioner John Swofford "full support to negotiate an extension with Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game in Bank of America Stadium," according to Jeremy Fowler of CBSSPORTS.com. The ACC's contract with the city "expires after this season's game on Dec. 7." Bobinski said other cities were not discussed "in any seriousness." Fowler noted the ACC "seems open to a permanent home" (CBSSPORTS.com, 10/7).
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP ATTENDANCE TRENDYEAR
VENUE MATCHUPATTENDANCE'12 Bank of America Stadium Florida State-Georgia Tech64,778'11 Bank of America Stadium Clemson-Virginia Tech73,675'10 Bank of America Stadium Virginia Tech-Florida State72,379'09 Raymond James Stadium Georgia Tech-Clemson44,897'08 Raymond James Stadium Virginia Tech-Boston College27,360'07 EverBank Field Virginia Tech-Boston College53,212'06 EverBank Field Wake Forest-Georgia Tech62,850'05 EverBank Field Florida State-Virginia Tech72,749
WHAT'S BETTER, MORE OR LESS? ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy cited sources as saying that because of "limited future bowl opportunities, the five smaller FBS conferences are starting new games in the Bahamas, Boca Raton, Fla., and Miami in 2014." Sources said that the new bowls "will be unique in that the five conferences (American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) will provide the teams as part of a coalition." A source said, "The old days for one conference to have a deal are dead. It will be very fluid." McMurphy noted the Miami Bowl is "expected to be held at Marlins Park," while the Bahamas Bowl will "be held at Thomas Robinson Stadium and would be the first postseason bowl played outside the United States since the International Bowl in Toronto." A news conference "will be held Oct. 14 to officially announce" that game. The Boca Raton Bowl will "be held at FAU Stadium" (ESPN.com, 10/7).
There "will not be a 2014 Induction Ceremony" at the World Golf HOF, marking just the "second time under the current era of the Hall of Fame that a calendar year will pass without new members entering the Hall," according to Garry Smits of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. The HOF yesterday announced that "a 'strategic review' of the process it ordered" the HOF to begin after this year's ceremony "will focus on the standards for nomination and voting for the PGA Tour and International category, and the selection process for the Veterans and Lifetime Achievement categroies." The review is "expected to be completed early next year and an announcement made of the changes," and will "include the date, location, presentation and production” of the '15 induction ceremony. World Golf HOF Senior VP & COO Jack Peter said that the tentative May 4, 2015 date "is solid and while every option is being explored, the week of The Players remains the best one.” He added that one of the "main priorities is to find a way to insure a star-studded guest list that would be simillar to a red-carpet setting at major entertainment awards shows" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/8). GOLF.com's Josh Sens noted the HOF earlier this year "took heat for what some critics described as the relative weakness" of its '13 class, which included Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie. World Golf HOF Communications Dir Travis Hill said that it is "too early to tell which, if any, of the Hall's current eligibility requirements will change" (GOLF.com, 10/7).
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED: Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte said of the HOF's review, “They're going to break this thing down and look at it from all different angles, whether it’s going to be voted on or whether it’s going to be a selection process, whether there are too many writers involved in it, whether there are not enough dignitaries.” He added,“The PGA Tour has its own criteria, the International Ballot is a ballot which encompasses the European Tour and the LPGA is on a point system, so they're trying to wrap their heads around all of the aspects of qualification" (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 10/7).