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Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan Excited about Gamecocks, Fan Events

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Written by Brittany Lane and student assistant Rebecca Duensing

Capital One Bowl logo2.jpgOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman were joined by Steve Hogan, CEO of the Capital One Bowl, to discuss the Gamecocks' selection and events surrounding the game.

The Capital One Bowl has a long history dating back to when it was founded as the Tangerine Bowl in 1947, a name it held through 1982. The Gamecocks' lone bowl appearance in Orlando is in the 1975 Tangerine Bowl. In 1983 the game became the Florida Citrus Bowl and has been known as the Capital One Bowl since 2003. Hogan said that picking South Carolina was an easy decision.

"It's a 10 win program and they fought through a lot of injuries and adversity. It is clearly a deserving football team to be in Orlando," said Hogan. "It was an easy decision really and we couldn't be more excited about it."
Nebraska has also attended the Capital One Bowl under a different name. The 'Huskers went to the Florida Citrus Bowl in 1991. Hogan thinks that with Carolina having a 10 win season and a Top 10 BCS ranking and Nebraska finishing the season at 9 wins and in the Top 20, the match-up "is lining up to be one of the better games we've had in a while."

As far as activities for fans to participate in while they're in Orlando, Hogan had much to report.

"There's more to do than you could possibly squeeze into this trip," said Hogan.

The official events include a kickoff luncheon with the coaches ("it's going to be a blast, it is something we have a little fun with," said Hogan), a televised parade, a pep rally and Orlando Bowl Week Fan Headquarters at Pointe Orlando. On gameday there's also a large Fan Fest outside of the stadium as well as a special tailgate. You can get more information on all the fan events surrounding the game here. In addition to the bowl's planned events, there is also Disney World and Universal Studios nearby.

Hogan said they're very excited for Gamecock Nation to be traveling to Orlando.

"South Carolina has one of the best fan bases in college football and we've been threatening Orlando for a long time to get them down here, so we're jumping up and down," said Hogan.

"There was overwhelming support and excitement [among Gamecock fans] in going down to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl. It's within a relatively easy driving distance and there's so much to do," agreed Hyman. "I think our fans are extremely supportive and really proud of what the football team has accomplished. We look forward to playing the University of Nebraska. It's going to be a challenge, but it's going to be a great game and I think Gamecock Nation is ready for it."

For fans traveling to Orlando, be sure to check the Capital One Bowl website for more information for fans, including things like parking.

Make sure to catch "Inside the Roost" every Monday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for insight into Gamecock Athletics with Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman along with weekly guests.


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