Bowl news: No Poinsettia this year, agreement in place for 2015

If Army wins its last three games, it will not play in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 26.

Bruce Binkowski, the executive director of the Poinsettia Bowl , said Army and the bowl have an agreement that the Black Knights must be bowl-eligible (six wins) by Dec. 7 to play in the game.

Army (3-6) has three games left – Saturday against Western Kentucky, Nov. 30 at Hawaii and Dec. 14 against Navy at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. So, Army will at best have five wins by the Dec.  7 deadline.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen this year,” Binkowski said. “Certainly, you can understand why because if they are not bowl eligible we can’t wait until Dec. 15 to see if we have a game on Dec. 26.”

The Black Knights will get a second chance to play in San Diego.

Army and the Poinsettia Bowl announced Wednesday an agreement for the 2015 season.  The Black Knights would play a team from the Mountain West. A date for the game has not been released.

“We always have been interested  in Army if they were or weren’t eligible this year,” Binkowski said. “We wanted them in ’15 and we were able to fit it in the schedule. We talked to Boo (Corrigan, Army’s athletic director) and his staff and we were able to lock in ’15.

Binkowski was keeping close tabs on Army this season. He was in attendance for the team’s season opener against Morgan State on August 30.

“Somebody said to me (while he was at the game), ‘Why Army?  San Diego is a Navy town,’” Binkowski said. “I said, ‘No, no. San Diego is a military town.’  We think a matchup in San Diego with Army would be great. When we had the opportunity to see if we can get them back in ’15, we jumped at it.

“I’ve been watching every army this year and the injury bug has just been tough this year. But they are really entertaining and fun to watch and we just know when the time comes they are going to be a great addition to our lineup.”

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