The site of the Medal of Honor Bowl, The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium
Anyone checking the recently released schedule of college bowl games may have noticed something missing — Charleston’s own Medal of Honor Bowl.
In August, it was announced that the Medal of Honor Bowl will transition from a senior all-star format to a traditional bowl match-up between two Division I Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Unfortunately, football fans will have to wait until December 2016 before Charleston sees its first Division I FBS showdown.
According to Medal of Honor Bowl Chairman Tom McQueeney, the approval process for a bowl game requires a submission to the NCAA with two conference affiliations by March/April of each year. This summer’s announcement and subsequent transition could not be completed in time for a 2015 game, but plans are still on for 2016.
The Medal of Honor Bowl’s transition to a traditional bowl game comes after the NCAA lifted its long-standing ban on holding pre-selected championships in South Carolina, which ended with the removal of the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds in July. The 23-month gap between games should give organizers plenty of time to put together something special at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.
In just its second year, the 2015 Medal of Honor Bowl drew a crowd of more than 12,500 — up from 5,135 in 2014 — and was broadcast by the NBC Sports Network.