This past summer, there were rumors that Notre Dame was looking to tweak its long-standing series with Purdue. Specifically, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Irish were looking to turn the “rivalry” into an every-other-year event.
As it turns out, Alvarez was very wrong.
According to a press release issued by Purdue, the Boilermakers and Irish have extended the series through 2021. The new agreement extends a contract that wasn’t set to expire until 215.
“Purdue and Notre Dame is one of the great matchups in college football,” Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a statement. “As an independent, Notre Dame is faced with many scheduling challenges, and I thank (director of athletics) Jack Swarbrick for his efforts in ensuring the series will continue.”
Including this season’s game, the Boilermakers and Fighting Irish have met every year since 1946 – 64 straight years – and 81 times overall, dating to 1896.
“The atmosphere at our game this season epitomizes what the Purdue-Notre Dame game is all about,” Purdue head coach Danny Hope said. “It was electric at Ross-Ade Stadium. Notre Dame is one of the preeminent programs in college football, and we are excited to continue playing them.”
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.