Notre Dame-Purdue to play in Indy, go on five-year hiatus

Notre Dame-Purdue to play in Indy, go on five-year hiatus
December 19, 2013, 10:15 am
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Notre Dame will play Purdue in Indianapolis in 2014 in the team's annual Shamrock Series game, then the two teams won't play again until 2020.

A deal to move the 2014 game, scheduled for Sept. 13, from South Bend to Indianapolis has been in the works for a while. As with previous Shamrock Series games, it'll be televised in primetime (kickoff is 7:30 EST) on NBC.

For Notre Dame, the future scheduling agreement may be the most important part of the deal, as it likely paves the way for the program to finalize its 2014-2016 schedule.

The Notre Dame-Purdue series will return in 2020 in West Lafayette and 2021 in South Bend. The team will take a two-year hiatus and play again in 2024 (at Purdue), 2025 (at Notre Dame) and 2026 (at a neutral site).

"(Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick) and I tried everything we could to keep the series going without interruption," Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said. "But, between the Big Ten going to a nine-game schedule and Notre Dame's affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, it just didn't work out. The series is important to both schools, and we are pleased that we are able to extend it through 2026."

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Notre Dame is scheduled to play five ACC opponents per season beginning in 2014, though coach Brian Kelly told ESPN.com earlier this month there may be some flexibility in deferring a fifth game to a future year if necessary.

Notre Dame has played Purdue 84 times with a 56-26-2 record against the Boilermakers. The series has been played every year since the end of World War II.