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Clemson Accepts Bowl Bid

December 4, 2001

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) _ Clemson fans started the season with dreams of spending New Year’s Eve basking in Miami or living it up in New Orleans, preparing for a BCS bowl.

Instead, the Tigers (6-5) will spend Dec. 31 in Boise, Idaho _ average temperature 30 degrees _ playing Western Athletic Conference champion Louisiana Tech (7-4) in the Humanitarian Bowl.

That’s not a bad thing, coach Tommy Bowden said Tuesday.

``Y’all are going to have snow out there?″ Bowden asked bowl officials. ``A lot of these guys haven’t seen snow.″

Clemson had to beat out Mississippi and UCLA, both 7-4, to get to the blue Astroturf of Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State. The bowl pays $750,000 per team, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will be televised on ESPN.

Clemson will buy 8,000 tickets, and athletic director Bobby Robinson expects 13,000 orange-clad fans to make the trip.

Robinson said he wasn’t worried that the bowl would be a financial burden on the Tigers.

``We think we’ll break even on the bowl. And even if we don’t break even, we see it as an investment in our program,″ he said.

The Tigers thought they had a good chance to go to the Tangerine Bowl, but were stunned when organizers picked North Carolina State.

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