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More on Ball State-Boise State (Update)

Get this: I have written here earlier that college football officials are reportedly engaging in discussions to match undefeated Boise State against undefeated Ball State somewhere in a bowl game. Well, now it appears that the folks at the Humanitarian Bowl are on board and want the game on the blue turf on Dec. 30.

Here is this from a Boise, Idaho, television report:

“A long meeting of the bowl's board of directors started early Monday morning and continued into the afternoon. Rather than making a decision on whether to release Boise State from its obligation to the home town game, the board instead said it will make a "strong recommendation" to the Western Athletic Conference to pursue a Boise State, Ball State matchup.”

And here is the full story.

So if the WAC and the Humanitarian Bowl gets their wish and lure Ball State to Boise, Idaho, instead of what has been described in newspapers as a “non-descript ACC team” that would scratch Boise as a possible destination for Maryland.

What would that mean?

Well, Maryland still remains an option for Charlotte, which selects before Boise. Charlotte has its eye on North Carolina, but if West Virginia were the opponent, bowl officials may be at least be intrigued by a ‘Neers-Terps matchup. Maryland officials would like to land in Charlotte, but that remains a real long shot at this point.

One complication with Boise State-Ball State could be that so many entities have to sign off on it in less than a week: the WAC, the MAC, the ACC and Maryland.

If Boise were out as a possibility, perhaps Maryland tries to make the Eagle Bank Bowl work in terms of exam schedules on Dec. 20. The other option would be to let 6-6 NC State go to Eagle Bank and settle into one of the at-large slots: Detroit or Shreveport or Birmingham or Houston.

Maryland officials would like this decided as soon as possible. I think everyone does.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 1, 2008; 5:42 PM ET
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Who is to blame for U of MD Football and Basketball's current state of mediocrity? The current program does not recruit (and keep) the Baltimore/MD talent and we alumni are left with NIT and Humanitarian Bowl aspirations. What is wrong with this picture? Is it Yow or the coaches? I'm tired of excuses from this program...


Posted by: candela95 | December 1, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

When I was at Maryland, I rescheduled exams occasionally so that I could go do other necessary things. I don't see why they can't do that for the football players.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | December 2, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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