December 23, 2023
Named after the Alabama state flower, the Camellia Bowl is a college football bowl game that annually features a representative from the Sun Belt Conference against one from the Mid-American Conference at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The game is televised live on the ESPN family of networks. The recently renovated Cramton Bowl featured the first football game in the South to be played at night – Cloverdale High versus Pike Road High in 1927. The Camellia Bowl is one of 13 postseason bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, an ESPN division based in Charlotte, N.C. ESPN Events owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The Camellia Bowl’s executive director, Johnny Williams, and his team oversee this event from Montgomery.
To provide a memorable experience for student-athletes, coaches and staff, administrations and fans that positively showcases the history, diversity and revitalization of Montgomery, Ala., on a national stage through Southern hospitality and unique events that will increase community spirit and stimulate local economic development.
This has been a first-class experience all the way. Our players are excited about it. This is truly a treat for our program. This is what you think a bowl game should be like. It has all been about the players. In talking with (Camellia Bowl Executive Director) Johnny Williams he told me we are doing all of this for the players. All the rest of us can figure it out but this is about the players. These guys have enjoyed themselves and have been treated like royalty.
DINO BABERS, FORMER BOWLING GREEN HEAD COACH
No question, we’ve had a great week here in Montgomery. Right from the start, on Tuesday when we got here, Johnny (Williams) and his (Camellia Bowl) staff did an outstanding job with this bowl game. We don’t have a whole lot to compare it to, but if we’re fortunate to make it to another bowl, they’re going to have to really live up to the standards that they set here in Montgomery because it’s been phenomenal, not only for our staff but our players. I think every one of our players would say the same. And, then, Appalachian State, all of our fans started filing in here on Thursday or Friday and it started feeling big-time again, like a big-time game for us. It’s been a great week. It’s been a great week for us. I told Johnny that on the (postgame) stage that, win or lose, it’s been a great week. It just so happens that we won so it’s been an unbelievable week for us.
SCOTT SATTERFIELD, APPALACHIAN STATE HEAD COACH
JOEY JONES, SOUTH ALABAMA HEAD COACH
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