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Storm
12-05-2009, 08:25 AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)—The Notre Dame football season is officially over.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced Friday that the school has decided against going to a bowl game with a 6-6 record, citing “unique circumstances.” He didn’t elaborate, but Swarbrick fired coach Charlie Weis after five seasons earlier this week and the search for a replacement is under way.

Swarbrick said he reached the decision after meetings with assistant coaches and team leaders.

“The unique circumstances surrounding our program at the current time prevent us from making the commitment required to compete in a bowl game,” Swarbrick said in a prepared statement.
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Weis was the team’s offensive coordinator, so the team wouldn’t have had an experienced play caller for a bowl game. The school also likely would have lost money because their only option would have been a minor bowl.

There also have been questions about how motivated players and coaches would have been for the game. Players actually met this week to discuss whether to play in a bowl.

Notre Dame went to the Insight Bowl in 2004 when Tyrone Willingham was fired, but the school accepted the bid before Willingham was fired. Players at least initially weren’t sure they wanted to play in the bowl, but later voted to play. Both the offensive and defensive coordinators were still in place. The Irish were beaten 38-21 by Oregon State.

The school decided against going to a bowl game in 1996 after Lou Holtz resigned as coach. An overtime loss to USC in the regular-season finale cost them a shot at a major bowl that season.

For years, Notre Dame refused to play in bowls. The Irish played in the Rose Bowl in 1925, then didn’t appear in another bowl until coach Ara Parseghian finally persuaded the university to let the ninth-ranked Irish play top-ranked Texas in the 1970 Cotton Bowl.

But the decision to play in bowl games came with the proviso: that Notre Dame play a higher-ranked team or one that could help the Irish improve their own ranking. That condition no longer exists.

The Irish went to the Hawaii Bowl last season with a 6-6 record and beat Hawaii 49-21.

“If the landscape had been different, we would have been thrilled to take part, and we certainly look forward to being part of the bowl system in the years to come,” Swarbrick said.

The Irish ended this season with four straight losses to finish at .500 for just the sixth time in 121 seasons

Aside from who the new coach will be, the two biggest questions facing the Irish are whether quarterback Jimmy Clausen or receiver Golden Tate will be back for their senior seasons...........even when they suck they still think they're better than everyone else.

Fatboy
12-05-2009, 09:37 AM
That sucks for the players. Did they even take that into account? Those boys played hard as they could and should be rewarded for it.

georgiaguy31015
12-05-2009, 09:53 AM
The players got hosed in this deal and to me that's ********. The only reason ND is declining is because they feel they will get embarrassed in a bowl game with no OC or head coach for that matter. They wussed out.

Storm
12-05-2009, 10:11 AM
and the fact they say they'll lose money going to any of the lower tiered bowls. Ok, you just shelled out 18 million dollars to get rid of your coach, why do I think money is not an issue there.

rolling baby
12-05-2009, 11:48 AM
I thought the players voted on this?

Storm
12-05-2009, 11:54 AM
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced Friday that the school has decided against going to a bowl game

I didn't see anything in that article that said the players voted. not saying they didn't, but this article makes it sound like they didn't

rolling baby
12-05-2009, 12:00 PM
Players are not part of the school? Are they corporate?

rolling baby
12-05-2009, 12:01 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4700243


Google is your friend, people.

Storm
12-05-2009, 12:20 PM
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick has said he will consider the players' wishes in deciding on a bowl trip.

still sounds like it wasn't totally in their hands.

I have to say if that vote was not 100% in favor of playing another game, then you have a team full of quitters who shouldn't even be playing the game.

Optik
12-05-2009, 12:33 PM
I thought the players voted on this?

Thats what I heard. They had a player meeting and Ianello asked them to decide amongst themselves if they would go to a bowl and they voted no.

I wasn't in the ND athletic facility at the time though, so this could possibly be inaccurate. :think:

Djshockley3
12-05-2009, 01:22 PM
The players voted.

28buckeye28
12-05-2009, 05:23 PM
The players voted.

How can a coach win with players who DON'T want to play? I thought Coach wies sucked, but now I've got to give him a little more credit for even going .500, just a little though.

georgiaguy31015
12-05-2009, 05:56 PM
Why in the hell would your players not want to play? Coach or no coach why wouldn't you want to play? That doesn't make sense to me.

Storm
12-06-2009, 12:38 AM
They played with no coach in Varsity Blues, and they freaking won!

IllinoisDawg63
12-06-2009, 01:08 AM
Thiis isn't the first time NLame declined a bowl. Prior to Holtz' hiring, ND turned down a bowl.