The Florida Citrus Bowl has made a preliminary proposal to the Atlantic Coast Conference regarding an automatic berth in the New Year's Day game for the league's football champion, ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan said Friday.

Subcommittees from both sides met Wednesday and Thursday in Durham and Chapel Hill, The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday.A source told The Observer that the bowl's proposal stresses flexibility. The source said that under the proposal, the Citrus Bowl would have the option in alternating years to invite a team other than the ACC champ to serve as host of the game.

The report said the automatic berth could be waived if it interfered with the ACC champion playing for the national championship or with the bowl staging a national championship game.

Other elements of the proposal, the newspaper said, are that bowl officials would guarantee to play the game on New Year's Day and be affiliated with a major television network. The game is now on ABC.