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Team Selection Committee holds second meeting of season

On Monday morning, members of Florida Citrus Sports’ Team Selection Committee gathered for their second meeting of the 2018-19 season. During the meeting, hosted at the Varsity Club at Camping World Stadium, members of the committee recapped their visits to Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and SEC campuses for games over the past two weeks.

Among those who visited a game over the past weekend were Amy Pryor and Rae Connelly, who went to Waco to see Kansas take on Baylor. Connelly and Pryor said they were given a tour of the stadium and suites and were invited to a Friday night dinner and a Saturday tailgate featuring the Baylor cheerleaders, spirit squad and mascot.

The host Bears walked away with a 26-7 victory over the Jayhawks, improving the team to 3-1 on the season. Baylor’s last appearance in the Camping World Bowl came in 2015, when Baylor posted 756 yards of offense, including 645 on the ground, in a 49-38 win over North Carolina.

Elsewhere in the Big 12, Rob Rogers and Todd Budgen were on hand for TCU-Texas, Tom McAleavey and Scott MacLeod saw Kansas State play West Virginia and handed out a Camping World gift card to a lucky fan in Morgantown, while Eric Reinhold and Andy Martin were in Norman for Oklahoma’s thrilling overtime victory over Army.

In the Big Ten, Craig and Roy Messinger made the journey to Kinnick Stadium for Iowa’s home matchup with Wisconsin. Roy Messinger spoke at Monday’s meeting about Iowa honoring its 1958 national championship team and said he met briefly with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez after the game.

Representatives from Florida Citrus Sports were also on hand for Big Ten matchups at Maryland, Michigan and Purdue. At the latter, fans of both the Eagles and Boilermakers expressed excitement about the possibility of coming to Orlando, according to Dan Spellman, who scouted the game and spoke to the committee on Monday.

In the ACC and SEC, representatives were on hand for a number of exciting games, including No. 1 Alabama’s win over visiting Texas A&M, Florida’s rout of Tennessee, Clemson’s win over Georgia Tech and Kentucky’s upset of Mississippi State in Lexington.

The next Team Selection Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, in the Varsity Club. The Team Selection Committee is an all-volunteer community that represents Florida Citrus Sports at games across the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12, and participation is open to all active members. To learn more about membership options, visit our information page.

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