Kelly, Irish meet up with Flood, Rutgers at Yankee Stadium

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK Notre Dame and Rutgers officials got a sampling of winter weather ahead of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

A snowy Tuesday in New York greeted the coaches and athletic directors from both teams as both sides met up for a press conference in the Bronx.

The Irish and Scarlet Knights will faceoff in the 4th Pinstripe Bowl on December 28th. It's a noon kickoff at Yankee Stadium.

"Sometimes this seem pre-ordained," Irish Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick. "Everything about this feels perfect."

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood agreed, but put his own "New York" spin on things.

'To have a head football coach at Rutgers University that grew up in New York City and a Yankee fan and to have a head football coach at Notre Dame who grew up in Massachusetts and there is a baseball team in Massachusetts that people in New York are generally not fond of---I don't know if there could be a better matchup in the Pinstripe Bowl here on the 28th," Flood said with a smile.

Kelly may be a Red Sox fan, but he has a ton of respect for the Yankees and the event they are putting together.

"We are playing in an iconic stadium and we are playing in a bowl game that is being organized by one of the greatest sports franchises in the history of athletics," Kelly said. "We recognize that and our players are energized by the fact that we are playing in a bowl game that has that kind of leadership."

It's the only bowl game that features both teams with a graduation rate of 85% or higher.

Notre Dame finished 8-4 this season, but had no bowl affiliation this year. The spot in the Pinstripe Bowl was open because the Big 12 did not have enough Bowl eligible teams.

Rutgers compiled a 6-6 mark.

Next season the Irish will be part of the Atlantic Coast Conference bowl lineup, which will include the Pinstripe Bowl.

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