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Reports: Irish and Miami set for 2012, 2014, 2016

May 14, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

After nearly 20 years, one of college football’s best rivalries is returning. There are reports out today that Notre Dame and Miami will renew their rivalry in 2012, starting a three game series with a date at Solider Field in Chicago, followed by home-and-home games, played in 2014 and 2016.

The Chicago Tribune was the first to report that negotiations were nearly complete, but the three-game series has been in the works for over a year. Back in March of 2009, the Miami Herald reported that Jack Swarbrick and Miami AD Kirby Hocutt were discuss a three-game series.

Here’s what the Herald wrote then, courtesy of Blue-Gray Sky:

After a nearly two-decade break, Notre Dame athletic director Jack
Swarbrick said the Fighting Irish is ”very interested” in playing
Miami again in football, and the interest is mutual.

UM’s Kirby
Hocutt initiated talks with Swarbrick, who became Notre Dame’s athletic
director in July. No dates are set, but talks will resume in April,
Swarbrick said by phone Monday.

NBC’s Notre Dame contract
includes seven Irish home games and one prime-time neutral site game
annually through 2015. ”You could do that,” Swarbrick said of the
neutral site game, “plus do one home and home.”

It looks like that’s exactly what Swarbrick and Hocutt did, and now some much needed energy is infused into the Irish schedule. This is more concrete evidence that the Irish are adapting their schedule to fit a more realistic 6-5-1 model, after it’s been clear that Kevin White’s 7-4-1 construct was fatally flawed. While many have been after Swarbrick for his inability to fix the 2010 slate, he’s worked aggressively — and behind the scenes — to get games like this done. 

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better 2012 schedule than what the Irish are rolling out right now. Opening the 2012 season in Dublin against Navy. Dates with Oklahoma, Michigan, Arizona State and now Miami throughout. That’s the kind of true national schedule an independent team can play when an athletic director and a university begin to flex their muscles.

(As a response, expect news to leak from Jim Delany that the Big Ten is now looking to expand to 24 teams, swallowing the best four teams in the Pac-10, ACC, and Big East, and possibly Texas as well. Will that finally force the Irish to join?)

  1. Jeff Browne - May 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Did they drop Southern Cal from the 2012 schedule?

  2. Keith Arnold - May 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    No, I was just throwing out the teams that aren’t yearly. Probably should’ve included them too. Sorry.

  3. Tim - May 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    ASU is ’13, right? Still a good looking schedule

  4. tim d - May 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    It sure look’s a lot better than getting stuck in a big 10 scedule,this is what makes ND’s independence special!!! GO IRISH

  5. Art Vandelay - May 14, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    I saw ND play Stanford at home in 1988 and that game occurred the week or two before the Miami game that would go down in history as one of the best games ever played at ND…..that deflection in the end zone of Miami’s two point try….ah I can still see it in my mind like it was yesterday. In any event, the campus the week of the Stanford game was electric having nothing to do with Stanford. We were on a roll and we knew that our toughest test that season was going to be the Hurricanes, and they were soon coming to town. The tee shirts around campus were “Catholics vs. Convicts” and my personal fav, “Hey Jimmy Yank my Johnson”. Good times, good times. I am glad to see the rivalry renewing, hopefully about the same time that Kelly has this team performing like the well-oiled machine we all know they can be. GO IRISH – BEAT CANES!!!

  6. mrrandolph - May 15, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    To me this is what makes the Irish great: The Schedule
    Under Lou, we could lose 3 games all against ranked teams. Hear all the pundits cry that we are over-rated and then go play a conference champion like Florida in the Sugar Bowl (’92) and crush them (39-28).

  7. Joe from Elkhart - May 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Please, please, please, never give up your independence ND! Very few other teams can play anyone, anywhere. That’s what makes ND special and draws the money and people and great players.

  8. mikeford - May 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Looking forward to the challenge as a die hard fan! We relish in these moments as many other teams keep trying to add another Div III cupcake so they may run the score up and better their BCS average… while were at it lets go after Boise State within I personally believe are on a 5 year run that soon too will feel the wrath of mediocrity. (Back to the old way) Rock on Notre Dame!!!!!

  9. jbernthold - May 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    the sleeping irish man has awoke to be the giant once again to have respect once more, GO IRISH HERE WE COME!!!! coach kelly welcome home.

  10. TLNDMA - May 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Yeah but, won’t the Missouri vs. Northwestern game scheduled that week on the BIG BIG TEN network trump ND vs the U.?…..NO?…. What about Michigan vs. Nebraska?…. NO?….. oh well back to the drawing board…. Do these people realize we’re a SUPER conference?

  11. jarious - May 16, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    My all-time spectator moment was rushing the field after the ’88 game, and as an Illinois native, Soldier Field is a kicker. Glad to see Swarbrick and gang are raising the bar. Hopefully, next years schedule is the last of its kind.

  12. Shazamrock - May 17, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    Miami always seemed to bring out the best in the Irish.
    All time favorite highlight…. The Rocket returning the Kick-off for a TD.
    Absolutly Electric!

  13. Jennifer - May 17, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    I, too, was at that game, and will never forget it! What stood out for me was not the pre-game arrogance of the Hurricanes, but but the post-game class of ND.

  14. GeorgeStevens - May 19, 2010 at 5:27 AM

    @Oklahoma, @USC, @Michigan State, @Arizona State, neutral, not to mention the typically tough games against Michigan, Purdue and Pitt. Could be a very long season if they don’t get off to a good start- no Nevadas to warm up against in that schedule.
    Are people going to feel happy if Notre Dame goes 6-6 against the toughest schedule in the country?

  15. ugetwutuask4 - May 19, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Hey K.A. don’t you think we oughta bring back the FSU series which was starting to build momentum and turn into a rivalry also. I think that will attract alot more of our Florida recruits into coming to play in South Bend. Heck I’ll play UF/USF whomever.

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