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Coach Brian Kelly said Mack’s suspension is because of an “internal team matter” and unrelated to academics; Mack was academically ineligible for all of the 2016 season. The junior, who will not travel with the team to Orlando, Florida, will be reinstated after the bowl game.Mack appeared in 10 games this season, starting six, and had 19 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown. Notre Dame also will be without starting wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and freshman running back C.J. Holmes, who were suspended indefinitely following their arrests last Friday on shoplifting charges.
“If I could explain 18- to 20-year-olds and their thought process after being in (this career) for 27 years, I’d have written that book already,” Kelly said of Stepherson and Holmes. “We try to expose our kids to the foundational principals of making good decisions. They broke one of our commandments — you can’t steal and they did. I can tolerate a lot of things but I can’t tolerate stealing. That’s why they are suspended indefinitely and they’ve put themselves into jeopardy.
The parade of postseason games begins Dec. 16 and continues steadily through New Year’s Day. The top four teams in college football compete in the College Football Playoff Semifinals, with both games taking place Jan. 1 on ESPN. First up, the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners face the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Then in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the No. 1 Clemson Tigers face the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of last year’s national championship game won by Clemson. The national championship game is Jan. 8 on ESPN.