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Army Gets an Early Bowl Invitation

The Poinsettia Bowl has already invited Coach Bobby Ross and his Black Knights. Army hasn't been to a bowl game since the Liberty Bowl in 1996.
The Poinsettia Bowl has already invited Coach Bobby Ross and his Black Knights. Army hasn't been to a bowl game since the Liberty Bowl in 1996. (Byjim Mcknight -- Associated Press)

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Before its first snap of the season, Army has been invited to the Poinsettia Bowl. Now the Black Knights have to win enough games to be eligible.

Bowl executive director Bruce Binkowski and Army officials announced that Army will be invited to play a team from the Mountain West Conference on Dec. 19 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The invitation is good only if the Black Knights go at least 6-6. Based on Army's recent history, that could be a mighty big chore. Army hasn't been to a bowl game since 1996, when it lost to Auburn, 32-29, in the Liberty Bowl.

"This was the best bowl for us, and we believe we have a great chance of being bowl-eligible," Army Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said. "We have to come up with the wins, but we are guaranteed. It would just be fantastic."

The Black Knights were 4-7 last year, their second under Coach Bobby Ross, who took over a program in severe disarray. Army won only two games in his first season, started last season 0-6, then won four straight before losing to Navy.

Miami WR Suspended

Miami wide receiver Ryan Moore grabbed a woman by the throat, pushed her to the ground and threatened another woman, according to a police report.

Moore, a 22-year-old fifth-year senior from Orlando, was not arrested after the incident early Saturday, according to the Coral Gables police report released Monday. He was suspended indefinitely Saturday by Coach Larry Coker, who said only that Moore was being punished for violating team policy.

The report will be forwarded to prosecutors who will decide whether Moore should be charged, said Sgt. Michael Frevola, a Coral Gables police spokesman.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office was closed because of Tropical Storm Ernesto and was not expected to make any decisions about possible charges until at least tomorrow.

The 12th-ranked Hurricanes open their season against No. 11 Florida State on Monday night.

Dailey Is UNC's QB

Joe Dailey is a starting quarterback again. The Nebraska transfer will start North Carolina's season opener against Rutgers, Coach John Bunting said.

Redshirt freshman Cam Sexton also will play, though Bunting said he hasn't decided how much playing time each quarterback will receive.

"Joe Dailey will start the game for us. He's earned that right," Bunting said. "Cam Sexton will play because he's earned that right."

Dailey and Sexton were competing to replace Matt Baker, who passed for 2,345 yards and nine touchdowns last season and is in camp with the Dallas Cowboys.

Announcers Announced

Former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, former Tennessee defensive back Charles Davis and veteran play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman will make up the lead broadcasting crew for Fox Sports's Bowl Championship Series coverage.

The trio will call the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, and the BCS title game on Jan. 8.

Alvarez retired as the Badgers' coach following last season. He is still Wisconsin's athletic director.

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