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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
By Brian Bailey

GMAC Bowl holding its cards for now

By Brian Bailey
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It looks like it will be a wait and see week for the East Carolina football program. The Pirates are heading to a bowl, but the team’s destination is still up in the air.

It will be either the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, or the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.

The ball is currently in Mobile’s court. The GMAC Bowl gets the second pick of the Conference USA teams. With the teams already lined up for the league's other three bowls, that leaves Mobile with a choice of the loser of the C-USA championship game — Central Florida or Tulsa — or East Carolina.

Many believe that Mobile would welcome UCF with the second pick, which would send ECU to the islands. The GMAC is obviously interested in East Carolina. If not, the GMAC could have released ECU to Hawaii, agreeing to take the C-USA title game loser.

The Pirate players seem to favor a trip to Hawaii. Wouldn’t you?

These two bowls are almost polar opposites. The Hawaii Bowl is on Dec. 23, just before Christmas. The GMAC is on Jan. 6, a prelude to the BCS National Championship game the next night.

The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was played on Christmas Day the first two years, and then on Christmas Eve the last three seasons. Playing the game on the 23rd would give the team the chance to get back to town before Christmas.

If the team heads to Hawaii, it would arrive on December 17th. The squad’s week’s worth of activities would include a visit to Pearl Harbor, a trip to the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park and the traditional Hawaiian Luau.

The Hawaiia Bowl kicks off at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on the Dec. 23.

The Pirates would arrive in Mobile on New Year's Day if the team gets the invitation from the GMAC Bowl. The team would be welcomed with a southern style shrimp boil at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Bowl week in Mobile features a bowling challenge, lunch on the famous battleship USS Alabama, and one of the best parades in the business, the Saturday night Mardis Gras Parade.

Both bowls also feature a hospital trip, which is always one of the highlights for the coaches and the players selected for the visit.

Overall, it’s a nice problem to have. Obviously, more Pirate fans will be able to make the trip to Mobile over Hawaii.

I don’t like the date for the Mobile Bowl. A bowl game should be part of the holiday season, not some after thought as we gear up for the BCS championship game. Still, the GMAC Bowl features the involvement of one of the class acts in college football in Mike Gottfried.

When the folks in Mobile decided to try and secure a bowl, it was the Port City’s own Gottfried that was called on to help. Gottfried did just that and became a major player in the new bowl game.

Conference USA has spots in six bowl games. Memphis will go to New Orleans, Southern Miss is headed to Birmingham, and Houston will play in the Texas Bowl.

The UCF-Tulsa winner will represent C-USA in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis against an opponent from the Southeastern Conference.

The Pirates could know where they're headed later this week, if the GMAC releases ECU to go to Hawaii.

Most likely, though, the Pirates won’t find out anything definitive until sometime later in the afternoon on Saturday.

Regardless of the suspense about the destination, the Pirates have the satisfaction of knowing they are going bowling for a second straight season.

It’s Honolulu or Mobile for the postseason.


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