NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Old Dominion University's football team is headed to their first ever bowl game in school history: the Bahamas Bowl!

The Director of Athletics, Dr. Wood Selig, announced on Monday that the Monarchs will play in the third annual Bahamas Bowl on Fri., Dec. 23.

“Today's announcement represents the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice and commitment. Our student-athletes have been grinding every day to improve and grow our program. Our coaching staff, led by head coach Bobby Wilder, have recruited wisely and served as great teachers to get the program to this level of success in such a relatively short period of time,” Selig said.

“Our University administration starting with President John Broderick have generously provided the resources, facilities, and philosophical support needed to compete at this high level of FBS football. Our fan support for ODU football is second to none and continues to turn heads nationally with their incredible tangible support of our program. I am most impressed with the job done by our student-athletes and coaches this season and participation in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl is the perfect reward for a scrapbook season.”

The Monarchs are 9-3 overall, and finished 7-1 in Conference USA this season.

“We are pleased that Old Dominion will be competing in the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl,” said Richard Giannini, executive director of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. “Coach Bobby Wilder and his staff have done a tremendous job in preparing the Monarchs all season long, and we look forward to hosting them in Nassau for their first bowl game.”

The Monarchs were ineligible for postseason competition in four of eight seasons since 2009.

In 2009 and 2010, ODU was not eligible or the FCS playoffs, and in 2013 and 2014, the Monarchs were not eligible for a bowl due to the NCAA transitioning rules, despite going 6-6 in 2014 and playing a full FBS schedule.

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