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Notre Dame fills 2010 slate with Western Michigan and Tulsa

Oct 23, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

Well, any hope that Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick was using his high-level negotiating skills to wheel and deal an exciting home game for next season has officially gone out the window. That’s because Notre Dame and Western Michigan  signed on the dotted line and agreed to play next season on October 16th. Joining the 2010 slate is the long rumored matchup with Tulsa, another head scratching addition to the Notre Dame schedule.

I’m not ready to hammer away at Swarbrick for the Tulsa game. They’re an up and coming team that has put a nice little run together, even with a loss to UTEP on Wednesday night. Yet combining the Tulsa tilt with the  “historic” game against Western Michigan does nothing except prove that Swarbrick is stuck trying to fix a gigantic hole in the scheduling puzzle with only corner pieces. Former athletic director Kevin White’s 7-4-1 scheduling philosophy comes and rears its ugly head, and the product is a schedule with Tulsa, Western Michigan, and Army on it, and nearly as many neutral site games as away ones. For the most part, Swarbrick is trying to say all the right things.

“We had one opening left on our 2010 schedule, and Western Michigan was able to move some things and get it done. We’re thrilled because there is great value in having teams play here that are coming from close by. The fans from Western Michigan will make this a difficult ticket, and there’s always energy in the stadium when you play someone from not far away,” commented Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.

Ugh. When you’re touting geographic location as one of the main virtues of an opponent, you know that it’s tough to stomach this one. This completes one of the more odd Notre Dame schedules ever, with 7 home games at Notre Dame Stadium, three true road games, and two neutral site matchups, one at Yankee Stadium and the other in the Meadowlands.

It’s not hard to hear the bellyaching of Irish detractors already starting when Notre Dame is being touted in preseason polls next season. Here’s the official schedule for the 2010 Irish.

Sept. 4 PURDUE (NBC)
Sept. 11 MICHIGAN (NBC)
Sept. 18 at Michigan State
Sept. 25 STANFORD (NBC)
Oct. 2 at Boston College
Oct. 9 PITTSBURGH (NBC)
Oct. 16 W. MICHIGAN (NBC)
Oct. 23 vs. Navy — at the Meadowlands
Oct. 30 TULSA (NBC)
Nov. 13 UTAH (NBC)
Nov. 20 vs. Army (NBC) — at Yankee Stadium
Nov. 27 at Southern California

  1. Zach - Oct 23, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Michigan
    MSU
    Stanford
    BC
    Pitt
    Utah
    USC
    What do they have in common?
    They are all quality opponents. We would never ever win a title again with the likes of, Miami, FSU, USC, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Alabama, LSU, playing 2 teams a year like this is all anyone really does, so why should we do any different the other opponents are quality teams.

  2. kinganthony - Oct 23, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Are you serious?? A. Notre Dame isn’t in a conference and B. It isn’t going to matter because I still see three loses and the loss to USC at the end of the year is going to really hurt. Plus Notre Dames Offensive line is graduating (which could be a good thing), and if Clause is smart he will turn pro this year with Golden Tate.

  3. Zach - Oct 23, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Yeah I’m serious, and PS Olsen, Young, and Duncan are graduating.
    Stewart, Robinson, and Wenger will be back with a host of others seeing serious time. Don’t come on here with your ignorant crap.

  4. Zach - Oct 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Go look at OSU’s schedule or Texas’s and tell me it’s incredibly different from ours.
    Michigan toasted powerhouses like Eastern & Western Michigan and Delaware St. last week.

  5. McSweeney - Oct 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    The only one spewing “ignorant crap” in this discussion is the one defending the 2010 schedule. Look at the four games preceding USC:
    Oct. 16 W. MICHIGAN (NBC)
    Oct. 23 vs. Navy — at the Meadowlands
    Oct. 30 TULSA (NBC)
    Nov. 13 UTAH (NBC)
    Nov. 20 vs. Army (NBC) — at Yankee Stadium
    How in the heck does this prepare us for the speed and athleticism of USC? The 2010 schedule is a nightmare scenario. Best-case we enter the USC game at 11-0, USC kills us, and we’re out of the BCS Bowl mix entirely with an 11-1 record because our SOS is so pathetic.
    Look at OSU’s and Texas’ schedules? You really want to go there? OSU played or will play USC and UM, just like us. Throw Penn State and Iowa in the mix, and our schedule already sucks by comparison. As for Texas, you need to take your act on the road, because you sir are freaking hilarious. The Longhorns schedule includes Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Mizzou, Ok State, Texas A&M, and probably Kansas twice.
    Swarbrick is incompetent, but not quite as incompetent as those who defend his actions.

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