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.”