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Tampa to make case to get ACC title game

Officials from Tampa, Jacksonville and Charlotte will be in Raleigh today to discuss their bids to land the ACC football championship game with representatives from the league schools.

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published November 13, 2007


Officials from Tampa, Jacksonville and Charlotte will be in Raleigh today to discuss their bids to land the ACC football championship game with representatives from the league schools.

Jacksonville has been the host for the game and will be for a third time Dec. 1, but the ACC opened the bid process again for the next three-year cycle 2008-10.

"We're excited to see how it goes and get some feedback," Tampa Bay Sports Commission executive director Rob Higgins said. "We'll highlight some key areas of our bid and answer any questions."

He will be joined by Sports Commission chairman Jeff Adams, Tampa Bay & Company president Paul Catoe and the Tampa Sports Authority's director of stadium operations, Mickey Farrell.

The informal presentations will be a prelude to the ACC's meeting on the eve of this year's football finale. A decision about the next three years is expected soon after that meeting.

HAWAII: Quarterback Colt Brennan, knocked out by a helmet-to-helmet hit while scrambling Saturday against Fresno State, said he feels fine and can play Friday at Nevada. Coach June Jones said Brennan, who had a mild concussion and missed practice Monday, will be a game-time decision. Brennan is expected to miss today's practice.

MISSISSIPPI: Coach Ed Orgeron reinstated defensive end Greg Hardy for Saturday's game against LSU. Hardy missed two games for violating team rules.

Ohio State: Third-string quarterback Antonio Henton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of loitering for prostitution and was reinstated to the team. He must pay $156 in court costs.

OKLAHOMA STATE: Linebacker Chris Collins was permanently dismissed, six days after he pleaded guilty to a felony aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Texas.

Texas: Offensive tackle Tony Hills, who made 24 straight starts, is out for the rest of the season after fracturing the fibula in his left leg Saturday.

WESTERN CAROLINA:Coach Kent Briggs was fired two days after his team gave up 79 points to archrival Appalachian State. Briggs, who will coach the finale against Furman on Saturday, would be reassigned within the university. His career mark is 22-42.