No. 14 Virginia Tech Accepts Bid to Chick-fil-A Bowl
Hokies to Georgia Bulldogs
December 3, 2006

ATLANTA - With the first selection in the ACC after the BCS, the Chick-fil-A Bowl today officially extended an invitation to the No. 14 Virginia Tech Hokies (10-2, 6-2 ACC) making them the Atlantic Coast Conference representative to face the University of Georgia (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in the 39th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. in Atlanta.

The invitation was accepted by Athletics Director Jim Weaver and head coach Frank Beamer via teleconference this afternoon. This marks Virginia Tech's third selection to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Hokies are 1-1 in the bowl with their most recent appearance being a win against N.C. State in 1986.

Chick-fil-A Bowl officials will travel to Blacksburg, Va. on Wednesday to make the formal invitation on Virginia Tech's campus.

"We really feel like we're getting the best overall team in the ACC and a team that played its way into our game with six straight wins," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president. "Right now, there are only two teams in the country who have put together three consecutive 10-win seasons. One is USC, who will be playing in the Rose Bowl, and the other is coming to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Yeah, I'd say we're pretty excited."

Virginia Tech comes into the game ranked 14th in the polls and with a six-game winning streak including impressive victories against Clemson, Miami and ACC Atlantic Division Champion Wake Forest.

"We are pleased and proud to represent the Atlantic Coast Conference and be selected as a participant in the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl," said Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech's athletics director. "It's been 20 years since the Hokies participated in this great event and our fans, our coaches, our players and our administrators are looking forward to coming to Atlanta."

"For the Chick-fil-A Bowl to have the second pick and think enough of Virginia Tech to use that pick for us, it makes us very proud, said Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech head coach. "This football team has played well down the stretch and hopefully we can give a great performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta."

"I attended the Chick-fil-A Bowl when my son (Shane) was coaching at Tennessee and they played Clemson," Beamer said. "I thought it was a great atmosphere and I'm looking forward to being right in the middle of it this time around."

"Virginia Tech is a first-class program with great leadership at all levels," said Leeman Bennett, Chick-fil-A Bowl co-chairman. "We're very much looking forward to welcoming the Hokies and their fans back to Atlanta for what will undoubtedly be another one of the close, competitive games the Chick-fil-A Bowl is known for."

The Chick-fil-A Bowl will be broadcast nationally by ESPN Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. and will run unopposed in its time slot.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the longest-running rivalry series of top-ranked teams from the ACC and SEC and is recognized as the most competitive bowl game in the nation over the last 20 years. Beginning this year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl will own exclusive rights to the first selection in the ACC - after the BCS - and will increase its total team payout to $5.65 million. Last year's game between #9 Miami and #10 LSU marked the Bowl's ninth consecutive sellout and helped the Bowl retain its position as the highest-attended non-BCS bowl over the last 10 years. The 39th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. and will be nationally televised by ESPN.