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"Notre Dame is coveted by everybody, including by us," he said. "We'd probably be excited by a 6-6 Notre Dame team. El Paso is like 80 percent Catholic, 80 percent Hispanic, and you wouldn't believe how many calls we're getting here: 'Is Notre Dame coming? Is Notre Dame coming?'"
The only possible glitch there would be if the Gator Bowl takes a Big East team, the Sun Bowl must take a Big 12 team. If that happens, the Irish would have to wait and see what bowls go unfilled by conference affiliation before determining what their bowl options would be. But Catlett said if the Gator Bowl doesn't invite the Irish, it likely will invite a Big 12 team, leaving the Sun Bowl free to invite the Irish.
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