USC held a press conference today to formally announce its appearance in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on December 31st. Chick-fil-A president Bowl Gary Stoken literally extended an official invitation, envelop and all, to USC athletic director Eric Hyman. I’m not sure what would have happened if Hyman had a sudden change of heart and declined, but it would have made the presser a lot more interesting, that’s for sure.
You can listen to Stoken explain the process of selecting USC and share a little history on the bowl game below. The Chick-fil-A Bowl truly is one of the best bowl games out there. It features a good matchup of ACC/SEC, has a great primetime spot on New Year’s Eve, is played in a great venue and it is almost always sold out.
You can also hear Hyman’s anticlimactic acceptance to the bowl game USC has been slotted in since Sunday. Hyman does offer a few interesting insights into the bowl game though, including the fact that Carolina only 1500 tickets left to sell.
Steve Spurrier also made some comments at the podium. Be sure you check out our other story with the more informal and content filled interview with Spurrier too.
The Head Ball Coach didn’t say a lot at the podium. Frankly, he didn’t seem to enjoy sitting at the table for 15 minutes listening to a bunch of Chick-Fil-Bowl talking points. He definitely didn’t seem amused when the Chick-Fil-A cow mascot charged into the room and starting grabbing on him in the photo op. Spurrier did his best to play along, but at one point he did push the cow away from him. Anyone that has been around Spurrier knows he prefers to keep ample personal space distance at all times. He doesn’t like be crowded. Not by people or cows. “Are you the one that jumps of the plane?” Spurrier said as he eased away from the cow.