Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Notebook

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer

BOWL TICKET SALES MIXED

With the Sugar, Gator and inaugural Continental Tire bowls reporting sellouts, the Atlantic Coast Conference should do well at the box office this season as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a record seven bowl participants.

However, ticket sales are not going well at Maryland. As of Tuesday, the Terrapins sold 7,100 tickets for their Peach Bowl game with Tennessee. That's a far cry from the 20,000 tickets -- 2,500 over the minimum commitment -- Maryland athletics director Debbie Yow committed to purchase in order to enhance the Terrapins' reputation in the eyes of the Peach Bowl. Officials in College Park are so concerned about ticket sales that Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen tape-recorded a plea for support to be used as part of a telemarketing campaign aimed at season-ticket holders.

Clemson fans have been slow to scoop up tickets for their Dec. 23 Tangerine Bowl date with Texas Tech. They had purchased 6,000 as of yesterday morning; double the reported sales for the Red Raiders.

League officials aren't surprised Georgia Tech and Wake Forest have unsold tickets for their Silicon Valley and Seattle bowl appearances, respectively. The surprise is that Oregon also has had trouble selling tickets for its Dec. 30 game against the Demon Deacons.

KUDOS FOR SWOFFORD

The ACC wouldn't have seven bowl participants if not for the work of commissioner John Swofford, who worked several deals to assure Wake Forest (6-6) a spot in the Seattle Bowl. Swofford reportedly was on the phone into the early morning hours in order to get the Silicon Valley and Hawaii bowls to swap rights. The switch opened a spot for the Demon Deacons.

"John really worked it," ACC associate commissioner Brian Morrison said. …

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