Medal of Honor Bowl
|Medal of Honor Bowl|
|Stadium||Johnson Hagood Stadium|
Legends Bowl (proposed)
A Tommy McQueeney, a former Citadel Board of Visitors member, lead ownership group was interested in starting in 2004 a Charleston-based college bowl game, Palmetto Bowl, but was blocked by a NCAA ban on playing postseason games at predetermined locations in South Carolina due to the Confederate battle flag being flown at a civil war monument on the State House grounds.
The bowl attempt was revived as the proposed Legends Bowl at Johnson Hagood Stadium beginning in 2014 featuring teams from the Sun Belt and Mid-American Conferences with NBCSN as its broadcasting partner.
Medal of Honor
|2014||Ralph Friedgen||20||Chan Gailey||3||5,135 to 7,000|
|2015||Willie Jeffries||14||Chan Gailey||26||12,578|
The Medal of Honor Bowl was announced on October 11, 2014, by the Legends Bowl organizers as a college football all-star game in place of the proposed Legends Bowl due to the NCAA ban. An all star game does not require the NCAA bowl committee's approval as the players involved have exhausted their college eligibility. The first game was scheduled for January 11, 2014 at Hagood Stadium with the expectation of drawing players from SEC and ACC conferences. The Bowl organization agreed to a five-year agreement with the Citadel for its Johnson-Hagood Stadium.
The American and National teams for 2014 were chosen from a pool of 300 players by the executive director Brian Woods, who used the player profile of those drafted in the fourth to seventh rounds.
College All-Star Bowl (CASB) started in 2013 and played on February 14, 2014 at Furman University and was broadcast by CBS Sports Network. With the similarity in purpose after the playing of the 2014 CASB, its founder and executive producer David Wyatt met with the Board of Medal of Honor Bowl on possible consolidation. On July 9, 2014, the hiring of Wyatt as director of player development and the end of the College All-Star Bowl was announced. The player development director would create "a player leadership conference and coordinate a business mentor program". Sam Wyche, a CASB board member, was announced as a member of the Medal of Honor Bowl national board of directors on Monday July 21 by chair Tom McQueeney.
Of the player participating in the 2014 bowl, there were 3 NFL draft picks and 64 in a camp with 7 active players, 16 on practice squads and 2 on injured reserves. Pro Player Insiders ranked all star games in September 2014 placing this game 4th.
On October 29, 2014, the bowl announced that NBCSN would broadcast the next game on January 10, 2015 starting at 2:30 PM.
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