December 20, 2006

Zbikowski keeps options open

What seemed liked a foregone conclusion may end in an unexpected return.

Yesterday Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis hinted that Tom Zbikowski would be back for a fifth season next fall, reversing course for the safety that seemed like a lock to go pro in either football or boxing after this season. Zbikowski wouldn't confirm that he's sticking around South Bend, but he admitted the door to Notre Dame remains open.

"Yeah, I wasn't sure about applying (for a fifth year), but I've kept both my options open," Zbikowski said. "Once again, I'm just not sure which way yet."

Zbikowski may have been playing coy but said he hasn't even set parameters for staying or going.

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