Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan nearly landed Georgia Tech for the 2011 kickoff game. He hopes that he can make it work for the Yellow Jackets to play in 2013.
“We want to get Tech into the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, particularly when we open the hall, which is ‘13, the first year the hall will be open,” Stokan said Monday, referring to the College Football Hall of Fame that is scheduled to open in downtown Atlanta in 2013.
Stokan said nothing was imminent, but was confident that the Jackets will play in the game, whether in 2013 or beyond. Alabama is already committed to play in 2013 in the Georgia Dome. If Tech agrees to play, it would be in a second game against a different opponent, Stokan said.
“I think (Tech coach) Paul (Johnson) agrees, and (Tech athletic director) Dan (Radakovich) and myself that we want to find a way to get Georgia Tech in, and they definitely want to play in the game,” he said.
Stokan has sought a place for both Tech and Georgia in the game, first played in 2008. His matchmaking of Boise State and Georgia for the kickoff game this September resulted from a failed matchup of Tech and Southern California. Stokan said that USC coach Lane Kiffin was interested, as were Johnson and Radakovich. However, talks died after USC AD Mike Garrett was fired and replaced by Pat Haden, leaving Stokan to scramble to put together the Georgia-Boise State game.
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