Saturday, December 5, 2009

I Disagree With Notre Dame's Bowl Refusal

I get that Notre Dame is reeling right now. I get that going to the GMAC Bowl or something like that seems a bit degrading to a program with such high expectations at Notre Dame. I get that they just fired Charlie Weis and are searching for the new direction of the program.

I also get that the school just screwed over their kids.

The University of Notre Dame decided against accepting any bowl invitations. The Irish most likely would have received a lower tier bowl bid once all the 7-win teams were placed. So the kids that committed to the program aren't being treated the same.

So what if you don't have a coach? So what if your team is down right now? It is about the kids. The kids that gave everything for your school and your program. Some of these guys won't have an opportunity to play one final game in the gold helmets. The school just jipped their student-athletes.

I understand that boosters and fans think this is all beneath them. It's like a perennial NCAA Tournament team getting a NIT bid. It's hard to get excited about that. But any time you can give your kids the opportunity to play another game, you take it. I don't care if it is the Orange Bowl or the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl. Let these guys have that one final moment together.

They've got the rest of their lives to be proud. And to remember their final collegiate game with one of the most prestiguous institutions in our nation.

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