Chris Badger

Ex-Irish DB granted waiver to play immediately for BYU


It came two games into the season, but Chris Badger has finally received the good news he was expecting from the NCAA.

BYU announced Thursday via a press release that the NCAA has granted a hardship waiver to the transfer defensive back.  The ruling means that Badger will be eligible to play in 2013, effective immediately.

The appeal for a hardship waiver was based on the fact that Badger’s mother, who lives in Provo, is ill.  Including this season, the defensive back will have four years of eligibility remaining.

It was announced last month that Badger would be transferring from Notre Dame to BYU.

Badger, a three-star member of ND’s 2010 recruiting class, took a redshirt his true freshman season last year.  Shortly after Badger signed on for what was Brian Kelly’s first recruiting class, he left school after the 2010 spring semester ended to participate in a mission in Ecuador for the LDS church.  He returned to Notre Dame in June of last year according to his online bio.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.