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Notre Dame, Rutgers in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood(L) and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly pose with their Pinstripe Bowl jerseys
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood(L) and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly pose with their Pinstripe Bowl jerseys (Twitter)

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

Officials announced on a snowy Tuesday in New York that the teams will play in the fourth Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28.

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.

Those on hand for the announcement included Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, coach Brian Kelly and Rutgers AD Julie Hermann and coach Kyle Flood. New York Yankees President Randy Levine also attended.

Hermann was happy for the chance to play for the George S. Steinbrenner Trophy and views it as a chance to enter the Big Ten on a strong note. “The chance to compete against Notre Dame in a potentially sold-out Yankee Stadium in our own backyard is unparalleled in our history. This is a critical chance to continue our preparation as we move to the prestigious Big Ten Conference.”

Herman also confirmed that Kyle will return as head coach for the 2014 season.”My goal is for Kyle to take us into the Big Ten,” Hermann told the Star-Ledger at the press conference.. “I’m looking forward to it.”

It’s the second time Rutgers has played in the game. In 2011, the Scarlet Knights beat Iowa in a win dedicated to Eric LeGrand who had suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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