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Notre Dame picks Pinstripe Bowl over Hawaii Bowl

By Ralph D. Russo

AP College Football Writer

LAST UPDATED: 10:07 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2013

Notre Dame plans to accept a bid to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not become official, said Notre Dame officials have informed bowl organizers that the Fighting Irish will play in the Dec. 28 game in New York against a team from the American Athletic Conference.

CBS.com first reported Notre Dame's decision.

The Fighting Irish were left without a pre-arranged bowl destination this season. Notre Dame's final choice came down to the Hawaii Bowl or the Pinstripe Bowl. The Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego also was a possibility.

The Irish regularly try to play games in the New York area, where they have a huge following. They played Army in a regular-season game at Yankee Stadium in 2010, the first college football game at the new stadium. Notre Dame will play Syracuse next season at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Fighting Irish (8-4) will likely play Rutgers (5-6) if the Scarlet Knights beat USF to become bowl-eligible on Saturday or Houston (8-4).

Notre Dame didn't have a contractual tie-in with any bowls this season, so in a sense it was BCS or bust. The Irish were left to wait for spots to open in third-tier games. The Big 12 didn't have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill its spot in the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Pinstripe Bowl becomes a Big Ten-Atlantic Coast Conference game starting in 2014. Notre Dame joins the ACC next season, though not for football. It will have access to the ACC's bowl lineup.

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syhud wrote:
Who want to play in an empty stadium anyway. Good move Norte Dame.
on December 6,2013 | 05:22PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I'm actually glad that Notre Dame is not coming to Hawaii. I don't like Notre Dame's fans as they boo visiting teams when they enter they enter their home stadium. Then there was that incident with Notre Dame helping to ruin the Cincinnati Bearcat's bowl game when they pulled Brian Kelly from them right before their bowl game. Cincinnati lost that heart break of a game. Brian Kelly reneged on his commitment to the team when he left them "holding the bag". Then there are the suspicious calls by referees during home games. I have seen too many of those calls during Fighting Irish games to put that as just mistakes by referees. In one game Stanford lost a game due to a referee's botched call that denied them of a touchdown which replays seem to confirm. Then there are the many tirades by Kelly towards the referees. It seems that he tries to bully the referees to intimidate the into making favorable calls. And then there are the shouting towards the players when they make a mistake. It's like he's taking the whip to them. Then there was the recent effort by Kelly to remove Michigan off of their yearly schedule due to his explanation that it is not an important rivalry. And speaking of schedules, why do they have to play two military teams every year? Notre Dame consists of blue chip players while Army and Navy are composed of military cadets that are not of their caliber. Then there is the fact that Notre Dame practically has their own network to nationally showcase their games. I think that that is an unfair advantage in terms of recruitment and financial advantage. Now, how many teams have a national network to televise their games on a regular basis? Not even the national champions, Alabama, have that privilege. And now, Notre Dame is joining the ACC which has the football teams such as Florida State, Miami, Duke and Virginia Tech but their are not going to join the conference for football. It seems like they are either afraid to take on real competition as shown in their effort disengage from Michigan and the ACC's football teams. Now, we know that Notre Dame has a good football team (they had better be with all their blue chip players) but are they confident enough to take on the ACC teams? Until they join the ACC's football conference, they will always look like they are afraid of taking on these teams. So, Notre Dame, which is it?
on December 6,2013 | 08:26PM
pakeheat wrote:
Just prove a fact you are a jealous of Notre Dame
on December 6,2013 | 09:49PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Finally, as a Catholic school, I find it odd that Notre Dame tolerates the booing by their fans at their stadium. Sure, they cannot tell their fans to stop booing the visiting teams. Many of the fans are obviously not Catholics but are just their to support their favorite team. But they could encourage good sportsmanship by their fans by discouraging such behavior. I have seen some defensive plays by Notre Dame that seem to be geared toward injuring the opposing quarterbacks. In those plays the defensive player seem to tackle the quarterback from behind the knees and trying to curl the player in such a way that it can seriously injure the player. Such behavior by football players from a Catholic school is unacceptable. But yet the coaching staff does not discourage these kind of tactics. Again, Notre Dame as a school does not seem to take action against these kinds of behavior. By doing so they have shown that they accept these un-Christianlike behaviors.
on December 6,2013 | 08:37PM
pakeheat wrote:
You are a Notre Dame hater, just say it
on December 6,2013 | 09:48PM
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