GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to send one of its teams to either the Jeep Aloha or the Jeep Oahu Bowls for the next two years. Both Honolulu, Hawaii bowl games will be played in Aloha Stadium and feature opponents from the Pac-10 Conference.
The agreement grew out of last year's arrangement which saw the Jeep Aloha Bowl pair Wake Forest against Arizona State. The Demon Deacons defeated Arizona State, 23-3 in the Jeep Aloha Bowl.
"The Atlantic Coast Conference is pleased to be extending its relationship with the Jeep Oahu/Jeep Aloha Bowls," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The Jeep Oahu/Aloha Bowls both provide our teams with outstanding television exposure combined with the opportunity of a once in a lifetime trip to Hawaii for our student-athletes. We're very happy our teams will be involved in these games with the continued relationship with our television partners, ESPN and ABC-TV."
ESPN will nationally televise the Jeep Oahu Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 8:30 p.m. EST, while ABC-TV will air the Jeep Aloha Bowl on Monday, Dec. 25 at 3:30 p.m. EST. The remaining bowl slot will be filled by a team from the Big East Conference, or with Notre Dame, against a Pac-10 team. Additionally, there is an exemption should Hawaii be bowl eligible.
The ACC will send its fourth or fifth selection to the Jeep Aloha/Jeep Oahu Bowls or to the Micron PC.com Bowl, which will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. To provide flexibility in the selection process, the ACC representatives will be selected when the final pool of teams are known, thus insuring the best possible matchups for the bowls.