- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 5, 2009

Notre Dame’s football season is over.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced Friday that the school decided against going to a bowl game with a 6-6 record, citing “unique circumstances.” He didn’t elaborate, but Swarbrick fired coach Charlie Weis after five seasons earlier this week, and the search for a replacement is under way.

Swarbrick said he reached the decision after meeting with assistant coaches and team leaders.

“The unique circumstances surrounding our program at the current time prevent us from making the commitment required to compete in a bowl game,” Swarbrick said.

MICHIGAN STATE: A campus fight involving football players and fraternity members could affect the Spartans’ bowl destination.

Alamo Bowl officials said they are monitoring fallout from the Nov. 22 incident that led to the dismissal of two Michigan State players and the suspension of eight others for a violation of team rules. No charges have been filed, but police are still investigating the fight at a campus residence hall.

Rick Hill, the Alamo Bowl’s vice president of marketing, said the incident is one of several factors that will be discussed before selections are announced Sunday. Hill said it’s not clear how much weight the selection committee will give to the incident.

“There’s all kind of variables that could happen and the incident at Michigan State is one,” Hill said. “We’ll just let it develop out and get all of the information we can and present it to our selection committee on Sunday, along with other factors.”

Michigan State officials are keeping the Alamo and Insight bowls updated.

The Alamo Bowl could be looking at either Michigan State or Minnesota - both 6-6 - as its Big Ten representative. The other team in the Alamo Bowl will come from the Big 12.

GEORGIA: Defensive end Montez Robinson was suspended indefinitely following his arrest Thursday on charges involving two altercations with a female student.

Robinson, 19, was released from the Athens-Clarke County jail on $2,000 bond after being charged with misdemeanor simple battery and felony criminal damage.

It was Robinson’s second arrest in a week. He was charged with underage possession of alcohol Monday after police responded to a call about glass breaking in a parking deck.

Also, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, defensive ends coach Jon Fabris and linebackers coach John Jancek - all of whom were fired this week - declined the invitation to coach in the Bulldogs’ bowl game.

KANSAS: Receiver Dezmon Briscoe will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Briscoe finished his three-year career as Kansas’ all-time leader with 3,240 yards receiving. His 31 touchdown receptions also eclipsed the school mark.

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