GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -East Carolina accepted a bid Saturday to play in the Hawaii Bowl against a team from the Western Athletic Conference.
The game will be played in Honolulu on Dec. 23. The Pirates' opponent was to be determined after the WAC's final regular season games and may not be announced until Sunday. Boise State is a candidate if Hawaii get a berth in a Bowl Championship Series game.
East Carolina had been a candidate for the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., but that bowl selected Tulsa after its 44-25 loss to Central Florida on Saturday in the Conference USA championship game. The win put UCF into the Liberty Bowl, and sent the Pirates (7-5) on a long trip to a tropical destination for the holidays.
I'm confident will provide many wonderful memories.
``Yet, with that said, it will also put us in a position to reach one of our goals this season which is a bowl championship.''
East Carolina finished tied for second in the East Division of Conference USA with a 6-2 league record. It meant a second straight bowl appearance for ECU after a four-year absence. East Carolina lost to South Florida 24-7 last season in the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.
It will be the 14th bowl appearance overall for East Carolina, which is 7-6 in postseason games, splitting the past eight.
``We feel this game will certainly measure our progress,'' East Carolina athletic director Terry Holland said.
The Hawaii Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. EST.
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