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Seniors will have input on Notre Dame's bowl destination

Notre Dame is going to a bowl game, but the Irish just don't know where.

With a BCS bowl out of the picture, No. 25 Notre Dame (8-3) is very attractive to a number of bowls across the country.

That gives the Irish choices for where to finish this season, and coach Brian Kelly said Sunday he will not ask athletic director Jack Swarbrick to pick a bowl destination based on how it could help recruiting.

"In this instance I'm not really concerned about it from a recruiting standpoint," Kelly said. "I want this to be a reward for our seniors, and so the bowl opportunity for our team is going to be in large degree based upon the input that I've gotten from our seniors and where they'd like to go and where they'd like to play."

Kelly said playing in certain bowls can help recruiting because of the connections that can be made during a team's time in certain parts of the country.

"It really depends on what area it is," Kelly said. "If we're in Hawaii, probably not, though if we're in Dallas or if we're in a certain geographical area in Florida, we can entertain more coaches in those areas relative to practice sites. I think it's more of a networking opportunity with coaches and then the opportunity for them to see you at that site.

"But I really do believe it's more geographical than it is the particular bowl itself. I think it really just depends on where you end up geographically."