Fighting Irish not coming to Hawaii, ND accepts bid to Pinstripe Bowl

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It looks like the 2013 edition of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will not have a touch of blue and gold after all.

A day after expressing interest in playing in the Christmas eve game in Honolulu, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have accepted an invite to the Pinstripe Bowl, according to

On Thursday, sources confirmed with Hawaii News Now's Mike Cherry that Notre Dame would have liked to play their postseason game in Honolulu.

However, the chances of the Fighting Irish coming down were slim in the first place because of several reasons.

For starters, the SHB is contractually obligated to host teams from the Mountain West and Conference USA.

If Notre Dame were to play in the game, ESPN (which owns the broadcast rights to the SHB) would have to buy out the conference affected.

Each team in the SHB is currently slated to earn $750,000 apiece for its participation.

Secondly, ESPN and members of the SHB would then have to assist the displaced school in finding an equitable bowl game to play in.

David Matlin, the Executive Director of the SHB, would not comment on any specific school who may play in the December 24 game, but did say bowl officials "hope to finalize the matchup of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl by the end of the weekend."

The Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled to be played December 28 at Yankee Stadium.

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