ACC to receive eight guaranteed bowl slots

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The Atlantic Coast Conference has set its bowl lineup for its first season as a 14-team league.

The league announced Monday that it will have eight guaranteed bowl slots and a conditional deal for a ninth bowl.

The league champion will go to the Orange Bowl if it is not in the national title game. If only one ACC team makes a BCS bowl, the next pick belongs to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The Russell Athletic Bowl picks next, followed by the Sun, Belk, Music City, Advocare V100 – formerly the Independence – and Military bowls.

The league also has a conditional deal with the Fight Hunger Bowl if either the Pac-12 or BYU can’t fulfill its commitment.

KENTUCKY: The Georgia State Patrol says University of Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery was not wearing a seat beat when he wrecked and got ejected from his car.

A patrol statement says the 20-year-old player from Cleveland, Ga., ran off the roadway and overturned several times. Lowery ended up about 100 feet from his car. The wreck happened about 4 a.m. Saturday in White County. Lowery was the only person in the 2006 Nissan Altima.

The patrol said Lowery was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

ARKANSAS: Brandon Mitchell was caught off guard by new coach Bret Bielema’s suggestion that he might see action somewhere other than quarterback following the end of spring practice at Arkansas.

Mitchell won’t have to worry about that possibility anymore: He has been granted his release with the intention of transferring, Bielema said Monday.

Mitchell’s departure, leaves an Arkansas team already short on quarterback experience.

TESTAVERDE TAPPED: Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde of Miami has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Testaverde is one of 12 former players to be picked by the National Football Foundation. The rest ,which also will include two coaches, will be announced today.


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