Syracuse to play in Pinstripe Bowl

Syracuse has accepted an invitation to represent the Big East in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, the school announced Thursday.

The Orange (7-5) will play a Big 12 team on Thursday, Dec. 30. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. This is Syracuse's first bowl bid since 2004.

"This is truly exciting for our football program, the athletics department and the university. We are proud to be part of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in its inaugural year," Syracuase athletics director Daryl Gross said in a statement. "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 coach Doug Marrone is a Bronx native. His maternal grandfather, Robert Thompson, worked as an usher at Yankee Stadium for nearly 20 years.