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Notre Dame headed to Hawaii Bowl
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Published: 12/8/2008 12:01 AM

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis will make his third trip this year to Hawaii. He's bringing his team with this time - and he'll spend the night, too.

The Fighting Irish (6-6) on Sunday accepted an invitation to play in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve against the hometown Warriors (7-6).

The Irish will be out to end their NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing streak.

Weis made two quick recruiting trips earlier this year to Hawaii without ever spending the night. The first was back in mid-October, during Notre Dame's bye week, and the second was last week, while waiting to see if athletic director Jack Swarbrick would bring him back for a fifth season as Irish coach.

Both trips were to try to recruit linebacker Manti Te'o, one of the nation's top-rated recruits. Te'o attends Punahou School, the same school where Barack Obama attended junior high and high school.

Notre Dame planned to hold a news conference today about the bowl selection, but Weis released a statement Sunday night saying the team was excited about playing in the Hawaii Bowl.

"This is a great opportunity for our team to face a quality opponent in their backyard and we'll need to be ready," he said. "I know the extra practices this month will really benefit our team and we look forward to ending this season on a good note."