Two recruits leave Notre Dame's football team

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Notre Dame has lost two members from its 2012 recruiting class with the announcement that receivers Davonte’ Neal and Justin Ferguson have left the team.


Also, coach Brian Kelly also said running back Amir Carlisle, a transfer from Southern California who missed all of last season with a leg injury, is out for the rest of spring practice after undergoing surgery Tuesday for a broken right collarbone, and defensive end Chase Hounshell will miss the 2013 season with the same shoulder injury that kept him out last season.

TITLE GAME SITE: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is a “virtual lock” to play host to the first championship game in college football’s new four-team playoff, sources said.

Wednesday was the deadline to submit bids to play host to the championship on Jan. 12, 2015, and only the Texas and Tampa Bay, Fla., communities made bids.

PIRATES ALL-IN: East Carolina will join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East as an all-sports member, instead of just for football as originally planned.

East Carolina had already been set to join Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Florida and the rest of the Big East football schools in 2014. But with the recent split of the football and basketball schools, the football side is giving up the name Big East and needed to add more members for all sports.

Commissioner Mike Aresco called East Carolina “a valuable addition” in a statement announcing the move Wednesday.

East Carolina, which has 19 sports, has been in Conference USA since joining that league as an all-sports member for the 2001-02 season, though its football program joined that league in 1997. It will stay there through the 2013-14 season and join its new league on July 1, 2014.

A person with knowledge of the decision says Tulsa will also be added to the Big East soon. Tulsa is expected to join by 2015, when Navy also comes aboard, and will give the league 12 schools.

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