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Football team goes bowling

The Virginia football team is headed to the Micron Bowl against Illinois, which will be held Dec. 30 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The game will be played at 7 p.m. in the Pro Player Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins and Florida Marlins.

"Congratulations on behalf of everyone," said Denise Smith, director of Public Relations for the Micron Bowl. "We are excited about Virginia joining us for the Micron Bowl."

According to Mitch Moore, executive director of the Micron Bowl, Illinois (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) received the other bid last week. Moore said Virginia (7-4, 5-3 ACC) did not get the bid earlier because he was waiting to see the outcome of the Georgia Tech-Georgia game Saturday. The Yellow Jackets won the game, 51-48 in overtime, giving them a higher overall ranking.

"Could we have announced earlier?" Moore said. "We wanted to wait and make sure we had the best matchups for everyone."

Virginia Coach George Welsh said the Cavaliers are looking forward to the Micron Bowl.

"It's a great reward for us," Welsh said. "We are looking forward to it. We always play exciting games. We just need to work on winning one."

Although the bowl is held over Winter Break, he said the team will continue to practice in Charlottesville.

"We are not going south to train," he added. "We are going to stay here and get done what we can here, and hopefully that will help."

Illinois is making its first bowl appearance since the Fighting Illini defeated East Carolina, 30-0, at the 1994 Liberty Bowl.

"I know nothing about Illinois," Welsh said. "I'm looking forward to watching them on tape"