There's a new bowl game coming to Charleston, South Carolina in 2016
The Medal of Honor Bowl committee announced Thursday that Charleston, South Carolina will play host to college football’s newest FBS bowl game, tentatively set for Dec. 18, 2016 at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium, the first of its kind in the Palmetto State.
Medal of Honor bowl will drop all star game, change to conventional bowl game pitting 2 FBS teams. Aiming for dec. 18 2016. No tie-ins yet
— Jeff Hartsell (@Jeff_fromthePC) August 27, 2015
South Carolina was not previously allowed to host an NCAA-sanctioned bowl game due to the Confederate Flag controversy in Columbia. When the flag was removed on July 10, talks picked up serious steam according to chairman Tommy McQueeney.
The Medal of Honor Bowl last season was a senior-only all-star game and featured several SEC players.
“The traditional bowl avenue makes much more sense to our community because of our standing as a top travel destination,” McQueeney said in a press release. “A traditional game has more guarantees, better television coverage, a much more exciting format and the upside of fans who travel to support their teams. We have an opportunity to deliver more to the economy and to our end charities, most notably the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.
The plan now is to feature two FBS-level programs, likely from the Group of 5, but conversations with Power 5 leagues could materialize.
Source tells me the MOH Bowl will meet on Sept. 15 with the ACC
— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) August 27, 2015