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