Michigan Accepts Bid to 2002 Florida Citrus Bowl
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin announced today (Monday, Nov. 26) that the football team has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2002 Florida Citrus Bowl sponsored by Capital One on New Year's Day. The Wolverines (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) will face a yet to be determined member of the Southeastern Conference in Orlando, with the 1 p.m. EST contest to be televised by ABC Sports.

"We are looking forward to a return trip to the Florida Citrus Bowl as the Big Ten Conference representative," said Martin. "This should be an outstanding game against a great SEC opponent. The Florida Citrus Bowl has always made our team, staff and fans feel right at home in Orlando.

"We encourage our fans to order tickets early to ensure seating with Michigan family and friends. With at least a weeks advantage until a Southeastern Conference team is chosen, we want to make the Citrus Bowl a home field advantage for our team."

This will be the second straight year that the Wolverines have played in the Florida Citrus Bowl and third time in four seasons. Michigan defeated Auburn by a 31-28 score last year, and posted a 45-31 victory against Arkansas in the 1999 game.

U-M will be looking for its fifth consecutive New Year's Day bowl victory and will be competing in its sixth consecutive Jan. 1 bowl game. The Wolverines are making their 27th consecutive bowl appearance and 32nd overall, and are second only to Nebraska in consecutive bowl appearances.

Ticket Information: Michigan fans can begin ordering tickets for the 2002 Florida Citrus Bowl today through the U-M Athletic Ticket Office site or by calling the Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247. Tickets for the Florida Citrus Bowl are $60 plus $5 per ticket for shipping and handling.

Contact: David Ablauf, Bruce Madej (734) 763-4423

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