SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The Notre Dame football season is officially over.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced Friday that the school has decided against going to a bowl game with a 6-6 record, citing "unique circumstances" surrounding the program.
One of those circumstances is that it has no head coach. Swarbrick earlier this week fired Charlie Weis as coach after five seasons. The search for a replacement is under way.
The Irish finished the season with four straight losses to finish at .500 for just the sixth time in 121 seasons. The last time was in 2004 when Tyrone Willingham was fired as coach.
The Irish went to the Hawai'i Bowl last season with a 6-6 record, beating Hawai'i 49-21.