Citadel steps in to help pay employees from inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl

Published: Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM EST
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Months after the Lowcountry's first major college football game, organizers from The Medal of Honor Bowl are ready to hand down a grade.

"We gave ourselves an A this year, but if we were to do next year what we did this year, we would've given ourselves a C," said Andy Solomon of the Bowl's Media Relations team.

The All-star event featured college football players from the NCAA's FBS conferences such as the SEC, Big 12, ACC, BIG 10 and PAC 12. The game was hosted at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium, January 11th.

Now into March, some employees contracted by the event complained of not receiving payment for services rendered in the January All-Star game.  Employees were to be paid by the Medal of Honor Bowl.  

Tuesday afternoon, an official from The Citadel confirmed the school issued checks to some contracted employees that were not originally included in the special event contract for the game, an agreement made with the Medal of Honor Bowl several weeks after the event.  

The Citadel also confirmed the Bowl reimbursed the school for all contracted game expenses related to the event.

"When we had 105 days to put things together, not all the T's were crossed and all the I's were dotted with The Citadel, but that has since been cleared up," said Solomon, a spokesman for The Medal of Honor Bowl.

"Everyone has been paid, and it's a non issue."

Now, game officials have turned their attention to the 2015 event.  Currently, the Lowcountry is scheduled to host the game four more years, and a spokesman says they're close to securing a title sponsor and TV contract, two ingredients they did not have in 2014.

"The fact that we put it together in 105 days is remarkable," Solomon said.

"We've got a lot more time. A lot more energy. A lot more people. It's just going to get bigger and better."

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