According to CBS report, Notre Dame has reportedly accepted a bid to play in the Pinstripe Bowl later this month – a somewhat surprising announcement given that multiple reports indicated the Irish would be playing in a warm weather destination this bowl season.
CBS is reporting, however, that Notre Dame has accepted a bid for the Pinstripe Bowl and informed other bowl committees that the University won’t negotiate with any other bowls.
The Pinstripe Bowl is played on December 28 in New York and contractually places the #7 Big 12 school against the #4 American Athletic Conference, but this year the Big 12 only has 6 bowl eligible teams which opened up spot for Notre Dame. At 8-4 this season the Irish are not BCS eligible and since they are a year away from being able to take advantage of the ACC bowl tie-ins, Notre Dame’s bowl options were limited to bowls with conference affiliations that could not be fulfilled.
CBS is currently projecting Notre Dame’s opponent to be Houston although that is not yet finalized.
For the 8-4 Irish, the Pinstripe Bowl is a fairly ideal destination for them considering the lack of options facing them since it will place them in a unique venue where they will have no problem whatsoever having a home field advantage in given the large contingent of Notre Dame fans in the greater New York City area.
Notre Dame is no stranger to playing football in Yankee Stadium either. Outside of some of the legendary battles the Irish had in the old Yankee Stadium against the academies, Notre Dame played in the new Yankee Stadium just three years ago during Brian Kelly’s first season in South Bend as part of the Shamrock Series. Notre Dame, led by a freshman Tommy Rees, made short order of Army that day and will be looking to do the same again this year to end the 2013 season on a high note.
It had been reported that Notre Dame preferred to play in a bowl that would not have ACC ties in the future and was in a warmer climate. The Pinstripe Bowl will feature opponents from the ACC and Big Ten starting next season when Notre Dame is able to take advantage of the ACC’s lineup of bowls. It appears as though neither of those will be the case.
With the Pinstripe Bowl taking place on December 28, it is unclear how that will impact how much, if any practice time Everett Golson is able to get in with the team once he is officially readmitted. Golson would be eligible to take place in team activities starting December 20 but will not be able to travel with the team or take part in any bowl game activities.