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Irish, Purdue extend series through '21

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.”

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  1. Pier588 says: Oct 21, 2009 1:08 PM

    In typical Irish fashion, another cupcake is locked up long term.
    “Purdue and Notre Dame is one of the great matchups in college football,” – should read “”Purdue and Notre Dame is one of the great matchups in the state of Indiana” – no one outside these 2 schools considers there matchup anything but Noter Dame playing another cupcake to “get those 6 wins, baby”.

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