A collegiate all-star football game in the Palmetto State involving retired head football coach Willie Jeffries will air on the CBS Sports Network next year.
Formerly known as the South Carolina College All-Star Bowl, the College All-Star Bowl will take place Feb. 14 at Paladin Stadium on the campus of Furman University.
“The national television exposure led to a change in the game’s name as well as when it is going to be played,” said David Wyatt, president of Wyatt Sports, which oversees the game.
“We originally scheduled the 2014 game for March 1,” he said. “But then Sam Wyche, the game’s commissioner, was contacted by CBS Sports and they offered the Feb. 14 date, which fit in nicely for the NFL calendar.”
The inaugural game in 2013 pitted Upstate and Lowcountry teams consisting of athletes who played their high school football in the state or played collegiately at a South Carolina college or university. Retired Clemson head coach Danny Ford was in charge of the Upstate, while Jeffries coached the Lowcountry team.
For the second game, player eligibility was expanded to include players from the SEC, ACC and the Southern Conference, regardless of where they live or played.
“We received a specific request from the NFL that we make this a national game, and it will now be a showcase for players from not only South Carolina but all over the country,” Wyche said. “Now with the game being carried nationwide on CBS Sports, it becomes the all-star season’s true national college all-star game.”
Game officials also announced the preseason watch list has been reduced to 400 players, who will be tracked during the balance of the season to culminate with two rosters of 50 players each.
In addition to players from the ACC, SEC and SoCon, the two all-star teams will include the best seniors from South Carolina colleges as well as South Carolina natives who played for out-of-state schools.
The College All Star Bowl will feature open practices for fans, autograph sessions, skills clinics and a scouting combine for athletes to test for NFL scouts.