The Yankees have announced half of the matchup for this month’s inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Syracuse will represent the Big East and be beaten by a Big 12 team to be determined. I kid, I kid. Old Missouri loyalties showing through just a bit. Here’s the announcement from the Yankees.
The Syracuse Orange today accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl, scheduled for December 30, 2010, at Yankee Stadium. Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross accepted the invitation this morning.
“We are thrilled to have the Syracuse Orange representing the Big East Conference in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “It is exciting for us to feature such a respected academic institution from the great state of New York in the first year of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. We expect the historic backdrop of Yankee Stadium and the many attractions of New York City to create a one-of-a-kind bowl event for the athletes participating and the legions of Syracuse fans that will have the opportunity to watch their team play in person.”
The contest will mark the first NCAA football bowl game in the Bronx since the Gotham Bowl on December 15, 1962, when Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), 36-34, at the original Yankee Stadium.
At 7-5, the Orange finished the season bowl eligible for the first time since 2004. They will face a representative from the Big 12.
“This is truly exciting for our football program, the athletics department and the University. We are proud to be part of the Pinstripe Bowl in its inaugural year,” Dr. Gross said. “The Yankees are a class organization with tremendous history and we are excited about participating with them at Yankee Stadium. This is a fabulous opportunity for our institution as many alums live in the area and our fans can descend upon New York City for the holidays. We continue to want to represent as New York’s college team as we are the only BCS school in the state of New York and plan to paint the city Orange.”
Syracuse is led by Head Coach Doug Marrone, a graduate of Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx, who also served as New York Jets offensive line coach from 2002-05. His maternal grandfather, Robert Thompson, worked as an usher at the original Yankee Stadium for nearly 20 years.
“When the announcement was made that a bowl game was going to be played in Yankee Stadium for the first time, my thought was that if we were not going to play in a BCS game, then how great would it be to play in the first college bowl game in Yankee Stadium in my first head coaching job,” Marrone said. “The opportunity to play in the Pinstripe Bowl in my hometown is part of the whole dream. New York State is our foundation. This is another step in our return to prominence.”
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will mark the seventh time the Orange will play a college football game at the home of the Yankees. The Orange were participants in the first-ever college football game at the original Yankee Stadium, defeating Pittsburgh, 3-0, on October 20, 1923.