Badger immediately eligible at BYU

Former Notre Dame safety Chris Badger was granted immediate eligibility Thursday by the NCAA, a little more than three weeks after Badger transferred to BYU.

Badger, a Provo, Utah native, filed the appeal for a waiver because of a reported personal hardship.

He signed with the Irish in 2010 and enrolled in January before taking a two-year mission in Ecuador for the LDS Church.

Badger, a sophomore, was buried on the depth chart at Notre Dame entering the season and did not figure to see significant action.

The Cougars actually travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Irish's senior day on Nov. 23.