Even Steven: Irish to finish 6-6

Notre Dame's season ends without a bowl experience for the sixth senior class of the last 13 years.

To the surprise of few, Notre Dame will not participate in a bowl game this season after a disappointing 6-6 record and subsequent coaching change.

Notre Dame Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick released the following statement today on UND.com regarding Notre Dame's participation in a bowl game to end the 2009 season:

"After meetings again today involving our coaching staff as well as the leadership group representing our football team, we have made the decision to remove ourselves from consideration for any postseason bowl game this year.

"Notre Dame institutionally always has been a strong advocate of the bowl system, and we sincerely appreciate the bowls and individuals representing them who reached out to us. However, the unique circumstances surrounding our program at the current time prevent us from making the commitment required to compete in a bowl game. If the landscape had been different, we would have been thrilled to take part – and we certainly look forward to being part of the bowl system in the years to come."

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