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Inside Notre Dame - December 2, 2008 4:38 pm
Anello Out For Bowl Game, Other Stuff
Irish special teams ace Mike Anello cracked his fibula on the opening kickoff of Saturday night’s 38-3 loss at USC and is not expected to recover in time to participate in Notre Dame’s bowl game.
The Irish are bowl eligible despite losing five of their last seven games. If Louisville defeats Rutgers on Thursday night, Notre Dame would likely accept an invitation to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, where they would likely play Oregon State (8-4). If Rutgers wins, Notre Dame could wind up in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 30th in Houston or in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 28 in Shreveport, La. The Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23 and the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 are also possibilities.
According to a Notre Dame spokesperson, running back Robert Hughes would be eligible to play in the first half of a bowl game. The former Hubbard star was ejected late in the second half of the USC game and, in accordance with NCAA rules, is ineligible to participate in the first half of the next game. Since Hughes was ejected in the final game of the regular season, however, he must sit out the first half of next year’s season opener against Nevada.
That’s good news for the Irish, who may be without starting running back Armando Allen, who left the USC game after injuring his leg and was wearing a protective boot while on crutches after the game. The extent of the injury was not known. — Neil Hayes