Just four days before the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are set to kick off the 2013 season, a defensive back has decided to leave the program.
According to Jake Brown of Irish Illustrated, Notre Dame’s Rivals.com site, Chris Badger has decided to transfer to BYU.
Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune confirmed the news through Badger’s father, Dr. Rod Badger.
According to College Football Talk, neither school has officially announced the news.
Badger, a sophomore from Provo, Utah, did not see any action during the 2012 season. The 5’11.5, 197 lb. safety originally signed with the Irish in 2010, but left the school to participate in a mission in Ecuador for the LDS church. He returned to school in June of 2012 and took a redshirt season. Rivals.com originally listed Badger as a three-star safety.
In usual circumstances, Badger would have to sit out the 2013 season. However, Badger may be eligible for a waiver allowing him to play this season. According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Badger has a sick mother back in his hometown of Provo, where BYU is. He will appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility.
Notre Dame hosts the Temple Owls at 3:30 pm EST while BYU will be at the Virginia Cavaliers at 3:30 pm EST. Notre Dame and BYU will meet on November 23 at 3:30 pm EST in South Bend.