Sep 23, 2011; Provo, UT, USA; BYU Cougars mascot Cosmo poses with fans during the game against the UCF Knights at LaVell Edwards Stadium. BYU defeated UCF 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

BYU DB Chris Badger eligible to play

BYU Cougars defensive back Chris Badger has been cleared to play immediately.

Last month, Badger, who originally signed with and played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, decided to transfer to BYU.

Badger originally signed with the Irish in 2010, but instead of enrolling in school and playing on the football team, he chose to participate in a mission in Ecuador for the LDS church. He returned to school in 2012 and took a redshirt. He was expected to contribute for the Irish this season, but instead chose to move closer to home.

Badger is actually a native of Provo, Utah, where BYU’s campus is. By rules, players that transfer must sit out a season, but Badger applied for a special waiver with the NCAA, citing his sick mother back in Utah. If he received the waiver, he would be able to play right away.

On Thursday, BYU announced Badger has received that waiver. Badger will not be able to play right away and that could really BYU – they play the rival Utah Utes Saturday night in the “Holy War.”

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