If you're looking for entertainment in the Big Apple prior to the annual New Year's tradition of the ball dropping in Times Square, look no further than the home of the New York Yankees in the Bronx.
It is there that the the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the fourth annual Pinstripe Bowl.
Notre Dame, which finished with an 8-4 regular-season record, is searching for its first postseason win since it defeated Miami in the 2010 Sun Bowl. Meanwhile, Rutgers is seeking its second Pinstripe Bowl victory in three years, after the Scarlet Knights handled Iowa State, 27-13, at Yankee Stadium two years ago.
Interestingly enough, both programs have experienced turbulence in coaching turnover since the conclusion of the regular season.
Three weeks ago, Rutgers second-year head coach Kyle Flood announced the dismissal of three of his assistants—defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski—a move that wasn't a surprise, as the Scarlet Knights limped into the situation of having to win their regular-season finale against South Florida to become bowl eligible.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, while not by his choice, lost both his offensive coordinator (Chuck Martin) and defensive coordinator (Bob Diaco) to head coaching jobs—Miami (Ohio) and Connecticut, respectively.
Thus, the subject of coaching turnover is the most oft-discussed topic preceding the Pinstripe Bowl.
Time: 12:15 p.m. EDT
Place: Yankee Stadium
Radio: Notre Dame IMG Radio Network
Spread: Notre Dame by 14, per VegasInsiders.com.