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Badger granted immediately eligibility at BYU

Sep 19, 2013, 6:41 PM EST

Chris Badger

Even though he practiced with Notre Dame during fall camp, Chris Badger will be suiting up for BYU this season, the NCAA decided. Badger was granted immediate eligibility today and will suit up for the Cougars against in-state rival Utah this weekend.

Badger was a redshirt safety for the Irish last season, not seeing the field after spending two seasons away from the game while on his Mormon Mission. Badger enrolled early at Notre Dame during the spring of 2010, the first practices Brian Kelly coached for the Irish before deciding to leave school.

BYU will face Notre Dame later this season, making for the very unique situation where Badger will be playing against the team he was a part of just a few short months earlier. Relatively buried on the safety depth chart for the Irish, Badger transferred home to Provo to be closer to his ailing mother in late August.

  1. NotreDan - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    For some reason, I feel differently about this than other transfers.

    Good luck kid.

    • don74 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      yep.

    • North of Denver - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      Well said, NotreDan. I was disappointed to see him leave, but know it’s for the best.

    • tsombanj - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Well said.

  2. jerseyshorendfan1 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    He probably just should’ve been at BYU from the beginning.

  3. usm418 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    The Utah schools are the best option for Mormon players. The manage the missions along with being supportive of their families and beliefs.

    • North of Denver - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Like Teo???

  4. idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see how much information BYU can cull from Badger before these two teams square off. He could potentially be the most valuable player on the team for that game even if he doesn’t play.

    • bernhtp - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      I imagine that Kelly’s release to BYU came with an explicit expectation of playbook secrecy. I bet that Chris will keep his word.

  5. mattymill - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I guess I am interested in why the NCAA granted immediate eligibility to Badger. I thought that was typically reserved for a hardship situation, you know – like a 85 yr old granny in ill health. Of course the obvious reason most of us ND fans don’t mind, and we are wishing him well, is because he was never going to be more than a scout team player. We were all concerned about the bad precedent set with the Vanderdoes situation – but what is different here? (other than 5 star vs 3 star transfer)

    • shamrocknroll - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Did you read the post, or just the title? (hint: ailing mother)

      • mattymill - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        My mistake. I actually thought I read the article and see now that I must have missed the last sentence. God bless he and his mother.

  6. 4horsemenrideagain - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    why are most fans wishing badger the best of luck and while maybe wishing something less than the best of luck for the other kid? a few differences in their behavior and circumstances come to mind. one distinct difference is that by all estimations, badger was up front and honest about his situation and intentions. another difference that jumps out at me is that badger’s family didn’t have some hack sportswriter doing his bidding on the interwebs and trying to gain leverage for his waiver by insinuating wrongdoing on ND’s end. lastly, and i while can’t confirm this i have a pretty pretty strong suspicion that badger’s former personal trainer isn’t on the coaching staff at BYU.

    • nd2victory - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      they are wishing him best of luck because he wasn’t just a whiny attention seeking kid. He is moving back home towards his mother who is very sick, a noble gesture. Best of luck

  7. jimpy49 - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Chris Badger – RKG. Good luck.

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