Pinstripe Bowl executive: ‘We’d be privileged’ to host Iowa

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Every discussion related to the Pinstripe Bowl opens with the weather. In those conversations, executive director Mark Holtzman tries to quickly diffuse the potential negatives of New York in late December.

“The reality is the weather here over Christmastime is not that much different than a lot of the other bowls,” Holtzman said. “I’ve become a weather expert. The bowls in Nashville and Charlotte, even El Paso has had snow. At the end of the day, the weather is not that much different.

“Obviously you can get a snowstorm here or you can get a day where it’s in the mid-to-upper 50s. For the most part, though, it’s in the mid-to-upper 40s.”

The eighth Pinstripe Bowl is set for Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium. This is the fourth year of the bowl’s arrangement with the Big Ten, and both sides see it as mutually beneficial. The league gains exposure in the New York market, and the bowl secures a relationship with a power conference. The Big Ten will face an ACC opponent in the game.

This year, the Pinstripe Bowl will select a Big Ten team after the Music City Bowl. Depending on the number of Big Ten teams that compete in New Year’s Six bowls, the Pinstripe may have only two or fewer teams from which to select. While Holtzman wouldn’t say which Big Ten teams are in consideration, it’s likely Iowa (7-5) and Purdue (6-6) are the primary targets.

“The reality is we’re kind of the middle of the pecking order, so you’ve got to wait for a number of bowls to pick the schools,” Holtzman said. “It looks like the Big Ten this year is not going to qualify as many schools as they have in the past. So you have a pretty good idea of what your pool is.

“Iowa has been traveling to bowls for years. They have a great reputation and have traveled very well to bowls. It’s a well-oiled machine. We’d be privileged to have the opportunity to have Iowa.”

Many people consider the Christmas season in New York as magical, and that’s part of the Pinstripe Bowl’s appeal, Holtzman said.

“There are lot colder places than here,” Holtzman said. “The other part, obviously, is what New York has to offer Christmas week and the opportunities for these kids to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience getting to see things in New York they normally would not.”

Among the side ventures during previous bowl trips to New York include ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, a visit to the September 11 Memorial and Museum, and a World Yacht boat cruise in New York Harbor.

The Big Ten’s agreement with the Pinstripe Bowl is to supply at least seven different teams over eight years to solidify New York as part of the league’s home turf.

“The goal there when we signed Maryland and Rutgers, we wanted to continue to have a strong presence in that corridor throughout the East, and all the ADs agreed that would be a fun and exciting thing to do,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said. “So one of these years we’ll likely end up [there]. Maybe it’s this year.

“If that’s where we’re fortunate enough to go, it will be a great experience.”

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