The NCAA Division I council announced 5-7 teams will still have a chance to make a bowl this fall.
They will have to wait until all of the 6-6 teams have been picked, though.
The common sense rule tweak was announced Wednesday.
Nebraska, Minnesota and San Jose State all made bowls last season despite finishing the regular season 5-7, and coincidentally they all won.
In a statement, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who serves as chair of the football oversight committee, said the postseason selection process “makes sense and is fair to the schools and the bowls.”
APR scores will continue to be used to designate which 5-7 teams are eligible to take up the bowl slots left available after all of the 6-6 teams have been selected.
After swelling to 41 games last season, the postseason is not set to expand again until at least the 2020 season as a result of a moratorium on the certification of new bowls was established by the council in April.
Fortunately for one member of Notre Dame’s football team, the news on his health isn’t as dire as it once seemed.
Over the weekend, one of Parker Boudreaux‘s Irish teammates tweeted that the offensive lineman needed prayers as he had been hospitalized with a serious brain infection. While the hospitalization part was accurate, it appears the diagnosis was, thankfully, far off-base.
Shortly after those social media missives started making the rounds, a school spokesperson confirmed to the South Bend Tribune that Boudreaux is indeed hospitalized but “is in stable condition and resting comfortably.”
Boudreaux himself took to social media Sunday to somewhat address the developments…
… while also taking to social media late Monday night to offer up a bit more of an encouraging update.
What is specifically ailing Boudreaux has not been confirmed, although the lineman retweeted a tweet which stated that “Boudreaux had been admitted to a South Bend hospital with what is thought to be meningitis.” Fortunately, it appears the meningitis is of the viral variety rather than bacterial, which is ofttimes fatal.
It’s expected that Boudreaux will remain hospitalized through at least the mid-part of this week before being released. What this may or may not do for his availability for at least the start of summer camp in early August is unknown.
A three-star member of the Irish’s 2016 recruiting class, Boudreaux was rated as the No. 18 guard in the country.
Notre Dame rising redshirt junior wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr.‘s status with Brian Kelly’s football team won’t change after he signed with the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend.
Hunter is Notre Dame’s leading returning receiver after catching 28 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns last year. But even though he now has a professional baseball contract, his focus will remain on football and the beginning of preseason camp in August.
Hunter, the son of former Minnesota Twins, Angels and Detroit Tigers All-Star/Gold Glover Torii Hunter Sr., was a 23rd-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft.
Hunter, an outfielder, was primarily used as a pinch runner and defensive replacement for Mik Aoki’s Irish baseball team this spring. He worked a crazy schedule (“what is sleep?” he asked) to split time between baseball, spring football and classwork in March and April and hit .182/.308/.182 in 11 at-bats.
Hunter’s baseball highlight came at Florida State, though, a few days after he made a spectacular catch reeling in a Malik Zaire deep ball in Notre Dame’s Blue and Gold Game.
Oct. 8 will be a special day for the North Carolina State football program, and the Wolfpack has decided to go with a unique look to commemorate the occasion.
On the date mentioned above, NCSU will host Notre Dame at Carter-Finley Stadium. As 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first football game played in the stadium, the school has announced it will use the Irish’s appearance as the setting for the unveiling of throwback uniforms that will feature the rather snazzy-looking red diamond logo on the helmet.
From the school’s release:
Former head coach Dick Sheridan introduced the diamond logo in 1986, his first year as head coach. The Wolfpack wore that helmet for the next 14 seasons, until going back to the traditional Block S in 2000.
“It’s a special year as we honor Carter-Finley’s 50th anniversary,” said head coach Dave Doeren in a statement. “To recognize our proud tradition, we have brought back the diamond logo and uniform.”
Notre Dame football announced Wednesday the career of Corey Robinson is over.
In a statement tweeted by the athletics department, the senior wide receiver cited multiple concussions as the reason he will give up his final year of eligibility for the Fighting Irish.
Robinson, the son of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame center David Robinson, caught 16 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown last season for Notre Dame.
He finishes his career with 65 catches for 896 yards and seven touchdowns.
The San Antonio native will remain part of the team as a student assistant this fall, but that won’t be the only thing occupying his time: In February, he was elected Notre Dame student body president.
Although Robinson did not have a major impact on the Fighting Irish last season, his exit further thins a receiving corps that already lots its top three players from 2015 in Will Fuller, Chris Brown and Amir Carlisle.
The team’s leading returning receiver is Torii Hunter Jr., who caught 28 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns in 2015.