SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego State Aztecs have accepted an invitation to play in the hometown Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 against Navy.
San Diego State finished the regular season 8-4 under second-year coach Brady Hoke, who had been courted by Minnesota for its vacant job.
"I was never offered the job," Hoke said after the bowl bid was announced prior to Wednesday night's men's basketball game against Saint Mary's.
SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk said he thinks Minnesota's courtship of Hoke has ended. Sterk said SDSU is putting together a retention package for Hoke and his assistants that should be finalized in the next few weeks.
Hoke was hired away from Ball State on Dec. 16, 2008, to replace the fired Chuck Long. He was given a five-year contract worth $3,525,000.
This will be SDSU's first postseason game since the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl.
Navy accepted a Poinsettia Bowl invitation on Nov. 6 after getting its sixth win.