MONTGOMERY – It’s officially Camellia Bowl week in the capital city.
FIU and Arkansas State arrived on two late Tuesday afternoon to being bowl week festivities.
Both head coaches met with the media at the annual Head Coaches Press Conference, presented by Guardian Credit Union. FIU head coach Butch Davis and Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson fielded questions from the media at the Union Station Visitors Center.
FIU (6-6) is bowl eligible for the third straight year, a first in program history.
“It’s a great honor to be here,” Davis said. “As (FIU Director of Sports & Entertainment) Pete (Garcia) talked about, this is the third bowl game in a row for FIU. The program, we don’t have the history that Arkansas State has as far as the number of years of having a program. We’re trying to grow a program. I’m very, very proud of our kids. You don’t go to any bowl game without those kids doing everything that you ask them to do.”
Arkansas State (7-5) is back in Montgomery for the second time. The Red Wolves played in the 2017 Camellia Bowl, losing to Middle Tennessee.
“It’s good to be back,” Anderson said. “Two years ago down here, I thought it was just an unbelievable trip for our guys. The hospitality we got from the community, it’s a place where you talk about Southern hospitality and you truly feel it. I know that’s what you guys want for your community and that’s what we saw. Everything other than the outcome of the game was perfect. We would like to take another shot at that and see if we can get a little bit better outcome.”
The teams will hit the practice field for the first time on Wednesday. FIU will practice at 9 a.m. at Alabama State University. Arkansas State will practice at 11 a.m. at Huntingdon College.