"That’s when you really know you achieved something in life, when you get to walk on the carpet,’’ 6-6, 255-pound senior defensive end Kourtnei Brown said.
The team was also greated by two buses, each wrapped with a photograph of coach Dabo Swinney and his Tigers.
"That’s a big bus! Golly!’’ said amazed cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, a senior from Kingsport, Tenn.
The Tigers sure are excited to be in the Orange Bowl. Unfortunately, not too many of theirs and West Virginia's fans are following suit. Between the two schools, around 15,000 game tickets remain unsold.
For more on the Mountaineers, head over to the SB Nation blog The Smoking Musket.Check out Shakin' The Southland for everything Tigers. Head over to the official site of the Orange Bowl for more on this year's game.