Humanitarian Bowl needs new partner after ACC goes in another direction

Updated: May 14, 2008, 2:09 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Beginning in 2009, the Atlantic Coast Conference will no longer partner with the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, league commissioner John Swofford said Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual spring meetings.

Instead, the ACC has begun discussions with the fledgling Congressional Bowl (Washington, D.C.) and the GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) to add one or both for next season.

The ACC is allowed eight automatic bowl bids. This season, the Congressional Bowl will pit the ninth-place ACC team -- if it is bowl eligible -- against Navy. The Congressional Bowl, along with the St. Petersburg Bowl, were recently added to the 2008-09 bowl lineup.

"We will be leaving the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise," Swofford said. "They provided some excellent experiences for our teams. I think if you talk with our teams they've enjoyed being there. It's a little different kind of bowl experience than a lot of places but our schools, coaches and athletic directors have wanted to move that particular game back more in our geographic footprint.

"Both the Congressional Bowl and the GMAC Bowl are potential opportunities for us to do that, starting in 2009."

Heather Dinich covers college football for ESPN.com.