Here's a quick preview of what could be in store next Wednesday, National Signing Day.
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Although it's been awhile since the Hurricanes have gone "Bowling," there was news this week regarding the Atlantic Coast Conference and its future bowl lineup that could affect UM once this NCAA mess is behind it.
A day after ESPN first reported the ACC and Big Ten appear as though they've agreed to start a new annual bowl game in Detroit beginning in 2014, ACC commissioner John Swofford formally announced the conferences partnerships with seven other bowl games (from 2014 to 2019) including the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
The other bowl games who are tied into ACC teams: the Discover Orange Bowl (Miami), Russell Athletic Bowl (Orlando), Hyundai Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas), Belk Bowl (Charlotte, N.C.), Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.) and TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Jacksonville).
The Gator Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl and potentially whatever the bowl game in Detroit is called are new destinations for the ACC.
As it stands for 2013, the eight bowls where ACC teams can go are the Military (Washington, D.C.), Russell Athletic, Belk, Music City, AdvoCare V100 (Shreveport, La.), Sun, Chick-fil-A (Atlanta) and Orange.
As you know in 2014 college football will go to a four-team playoff. Assuming the ACC doesn't send a team there, the conference will send its champion to the Orange Bowl in the seasons the Orange Bowl doesn't serve as host of a playoff. If the Orange Bowl is hosting a playoff, the ACC champion will play in one of the other host bowls of the playoffs -- Fiesta or Chick-fil-A.
The Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando will have the first choice of ACC teams after that. As part of the agreement, an ACC team will also play in the Capital One Bowl whenever the Discover Orange Bowl hosts a Big Ten Team to play the ACC champion.
As for the Gator Bowl, where the ACC sent teams from 1995 to 2008, and Music City Bowl, each will get to host an ACC team three times during the six-year cycle.
What does the ACC get out of all this? More money, reduced ticket obligations, added flexibility in post-season matchups and more of a presence in Florida.