Sounds like Meineke Car Care Bowl executive director Will Webb was just as swamped yesterday as his counterpart in Boise.
Just talked with Webb a little bit ago, and he acknowledged Maryland was still under consideration for the Charlotte, N.C., bowl —- a game that pairs an ACC team and a Big East opponent.
“Maryland is very much on our radar,” Webb said. “We just don’t know who’s going ahead of us. If we get a Maryland-West Virginia matchup, that would be very intriguing.”
But there are some other “intriguing” possibilities, and Maryland didn’t exactly sprint to the finish this season. You’d think those two losses to Florida State and Boston College wouldn’t exactly help matters at all.
“They’re certainly not what you’d liked to have seen,” Webb said. “We’re going to look at the possibilities. We can see Miami, Maryland, maybe UNC, maybe Florida State, Wake Forest being on the table. I just don’t know who’s going to be there. If West Virginia wins this weekend and maryland is on the table and West Virginia is looking good, that would be a very good matchup.”
From the outside looking in, it’s hard to fathom how Charlotte would pass on Clemson and North Carolina to take Maryland at this stage. Those schools are just too nearby and too close to sure-things in terms of ticket sales to pass on in favor of a program located seven hours away.
But at this point, Charlotte shouldn’t be considered a complete impossibility for the Terrapins, though it does look like it could be an iffy proposition even if West Virginia lands in the heart of the Carolinas.
—- Patrick Stevens