If all goes according to athletic director Jack Swarbick's plan, the Notre Dame football team will not be going bowling this holiday season.
The Irish (6-6) are indeed bowl-eligible, but it is highly unlikely that they will accept a bowl invitation.
"I agree [no bowl] is the likely outcome, but we are reconvening the leadership counsel to make a final decision," Swarbrick said in an ESPN report.
Notre Dame would have to wait until all seven-win teams accept invitations, then they'd be able to accept their own if they wanted, according to the same report.
The report also noted that the two likely bowls Notre Dame could take on would be the Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Dec. 26) or the GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala., Jan.6). Obviously, both of these bowls are not what the Irish had in mind back in August, although the GMAC Bowl falls during BCS season (and one day before the National Championship game).
So what does this mean? Well for one, last Saturday against Stanford could've been the last time you saw Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate wearing gold helmets. And if this decision follows through, a no-bowl for the Fighting Irish would be the ultimate cap to what has been one of the most dissapointing seasons in Notre Dame history.