Notre Dame unlikely to accept bowl bid

From ESPN.com:

In the wake of Charlie Weis' firing after a disappointing season, it's unlikely that Notre Dame will accept a bowl game invitation, athletic director Jack Swarbrick said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"I agree [no bowl] is the likely outcome, but we are reconvening the leadership counsel to make a final decision," Swarbrick said, according to the report.

A source familiar with the decision told the Chicago Tribune the choice already has been made -- and that it would take a change of heart by players and coaches at a team meeting scheduled for Friday to reverse that decision.

Notre Dame finished the regular season on a sour note, dropping four straight, including home losses to Navy and Connecticut. Weis, in his fifth season, was fired Monday.

On Thursday, AOL Fanhouse, citing a source close to the program, reported Notre Dame "will almost certainly not play in a bowl this season."

Notre Dame, which finished 6-6, would be slotted into a bowl only after all of the bowl-eligible teams with seven victories have set their destinations, according to the report. That would likely leave two choices: The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26, or the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 6.

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