Notre Dame's relationship with the Orange Bowl came into focus Thursday, with the ACC and Orange Bowl Committee revealing the Irish will earn no more than two bids to the Miami Gardens-based bowl over a 12-year span beginning in 2014, when a four-team playoff will replace the current BCS system.
The ACC will face either Notre Dame, a Big 10 team or an SEC team annually in the Orange Bowl, with the Big 10 and SEC guaranteed three berths for the game. Notre Dame is not guaranteed its maximum two bids.
Per the Orange Bowl's release, the selection process will weigh heavily on choosing the final team, but that may not always be the case if the bowl has to fulfill obligations to the Big 10 and SEC. Notre Dame is not guaranteed access to the Orange Bowl, but the tie-in to a premium bowl is crucial given the school's football independence despite its partial member status in the ACC.
If Notre Dame is not eligible or selected for the Orange Bowl, it will become part of the ACC's non-BCS bowl package and earn a bowl bid through that avenue.
Traditionally played on New Year's Day, the Orange Bowl could be played on New Year's Eve under the 12-year television rights deal agreed upon with ESPN.
"The Orange Bowl qualifies as one of the most prestigious events in college footballs postseason and Notre Dame has played a part in that history, three times playing number-one ranked teams in our five previous appearances, Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick said. "We are honored to partner with two of the premier conferences, the SEC and the Big Ten, to make certain the ACC will have a top-flight opponent on a regular basis."
Brandon Marshall is no stranger to keeping it real.
The outspoken All-Pro receiver never minces his words and that continued over the weekend when he showed off his signed jersey collection.
Marshall took to Instagram and showed off "Santa" hanging all of the jerseys he's swapped with other NFL players:
The list includes a host of current and future Hall of Fame players: Champ Bailey, Cris Carter, John Lynch, Darrelle Revis, Lance Briggs, Adam Vinatieri, Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Thomas.
When almost all the framed jerseys were hung, Marshall took his followers through:
Marshall compliments each player before, calling them "Hall of Famers" before getting to Jay Cutler at the end and going "Hall of..." multiple times.
Was that Marshall throwing shade at his former quarterback in both Denver and Chicago? If it was an innocent mistake or whatever, there's no way Marshall would've posted the Instagram video, right?
Marshall and Cutler were good friends from the beginning of their careers with the Broncos. So much so that the Bears traded a pair of third round draft picks in March 2012 to allow the two to continue their bromance by the lake:
But Marshall and Cutler have had a contentious relationship since.
Last summer, Marshall responded to a Tweet saying "of course" he misses Cutler. Last August, Marshall hopped on ESPN's First Take and said he thought Cutler could win the MVP Award in the 2016 NFL season.
At the same time, Cutler talked about his relationship with Cutler and said he was the only person on the Bears with the "huevos" to hold the enigmatic quarterback accountable. Marshall also said he was "sad" he didn't talk to Cutler much in the year leading up to August 2016.