RB Amir Carlisle eligible at Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Running back Amir Carlisle, who transferred from Southern California to Notre Dame, will be eligible to play for the Irish in 2012.

Notre Dame announced Thursday that the NCAA had approved Carlisle's waiver request and he won't have to sit out the upcoming season. Carlisle, from Santa Clara, Calif., played in eight games as a freshman for the Trojans last season while battling injuries. He carried 19 times for 118 yards and caught seven passes, scoring one touchdown.

Notre Dame also said that freshman defensive back Tee Shepard was no longer enrolled and had returned home to Fresno, Calif.