Notre Dame's Orange Bowl access limited to twice in 12 years

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Notre Dame's Orange Bowl access limited to twice in 12 years

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."

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

In the age of social media you can track something like Bastian Schweinsteiger's flight to Chicago in almost real-time.

The Chicago Fire publicized Schweinsteiger's Tuesday arrival in Chicago, giving fans details of when his plane was expected to arrive and at what terminal.

First, Schweinsteiger and his former tennis player wife, Ana Ivanovic, both tweeted photos to their millions of followers about their trip.

Once they arrived, the mob scene at O'Hare was on. Schweinsteiger was greeted by hundreds of fans.

Check out the video above for some footage of Schweinsteiger's arrival.

He will be introduced formally with a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Fire Pitch in Chicago. The press conference will air on CSN+ and be streamed live on CSNChicago.com.

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.