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Starting safety decides not to return for fifth year

Joe Hettler | Monday, January 19, 2004

When it came down to applying for a fifth-year of eligibility, Garron Bible didn’t have to make a decision – his two ailing shoulders did that for him.The senior defensive back, who has one-year of eligibility remaining, will not apply for the opportunity to play a fifth year for the Irish in 2004.”It came down to personal reasons and injuries,” Bible said.Bible said he plans to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair both his rotator cuffs but may still exercise his final year of eligibility at another school. “I haven’t ruled anything out yet,” said Bible, who plans to graduate in May with a double major in Political Science and Computer Applications. “First thing I’m going to do is get my surgery done.”Bible started the 2003 season as the starting strong safety before losing his starting job when Glenn Earl moved from free safety to strong safety. He did not start again until the Boston College game, after Earl went down with a season-ending injury.Bible recorded 33 tackles, including two for a loss. He had 32 tackles as a reserve back his junior season.Bible said he enjoyed most of his time at Notre Dame, especially those moments with his teammates.”The biggest positive is the experiences from my teammates on and off the field,” he said. “I learned a lot in my four years here, and most of it as been good.”Bible joins wide receiver Ronnie Rodamer as the two players that have elected not to apply for a fifth year. Notre Dame players that have applied for their fifth year include quarterback Carlyle Holiday, linebackers Mike Goolsby and Derek Curry, defensive end Kyle Budinscak, defensive back Preston Jackson, defensive lineman Greg Pauly and tight ends Jared Clark and Billy Palmer.