From the ECU Athletics website:
East Carolina has accepted an invitation to play against an opponent to-be-named from the Big East Conference in the inaugural PapaJohns.com Bowl at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, Dec. 23. The game, which will be televised by ESPN2, has a 1:00 p.m. EST kickoff.
Tickets in the Pirates' section for the PapaJohns.com Bowl are available by calling the ECU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) DIAL-ECU or going online at www.ECUPirates.com. Pirate Club priority will apply for all tickets ordered by December 8. After that time, tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
"The opportunity to play in the inaugural PapaJohns.com Bowl has the Pirate Nation excited," East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland said. "Birmingham is the closest C-USA Bowl site for our fans and there is no doubt about the enthusiasm for college football that exists in the area. Our team and coaching staff have worked extremely hard for this opportunity and we look forward to finding out who will be representing the Big East as our opponent on December 23. The PapaJohns.com Bowl game should be an interesting one regionally as well as nationally since it will match hungry, up-and-coming teams from each conference."
The Pirates (7-5, 5-3 Conference USA) will be making their 13th bowl appearance in program history, seventh since 1990 and first since facing off against Marshall in the 2001 GMAC Bowl.
East Carolina is 7-5 all-time in its bowl history and has split its last six contests. Bowl wins during that span for the Pirates include a 37-34 win over North Carolina State in the 1992 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, Ga.), a 19-13 victory against Stanford in the 1995 St. Jude Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tenn.) and a 40-27 decision over Texas Tech in the 2000 galleryfurniture.com Bowl (Houston, Texas).
"ESPN is pleased to announce that East Carolina University has accepted our invitation to represent Conference USA in the inaugural Papajohns.com Bowl," said Mark Meadows, Executive Director of the Papajohns.com Bowl. "We look forward to welcoming the Pirates football team and its supporters to Birmingham."