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Notre Dame-Miami rivalry to get started early in Sun Bowl

Dec 5, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

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While the announcement of the Irish and Hurricanes reuniting in 2012 had many fans excited, the Sun Bowl kick-started the process, reuniting Notre Dame and Miami in a dream scenario for bowl organizers.

“After waiting 77 years, the stars have finally lined up for us,” John Folmer, Hyundai Sun Bowl chairman said today. “I have spent 40 years as a volunteer and I would have never thought I would see the day that Notre Dame and Miami would play in the Sun Bowl.”

It might not be the high-voltage reunion of collegiate powers that marked this rivalry a few decades ago, but it’s a great match-up for both 7-5 teams. Miami is without head coach Randy Shannon, who was fired and replaced with interim head coach Jeff Stoutland, the team’s offensive line coach. And a little over a month ago, many expected the Irish to spend the holidays at home, sitting at 4-5 needing two wins in their final three games to even qualify for postseason play.

“We are thrilled about getting Notre Dame back to a bowl game, especially one with tradition like the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly said. “Following our victory at USC, we internally targeted the Sun Bowl as a great game for us because of the national exposure the game receives and the top-notch opponent we will face in Miami.”

The Irish’s bowl scenario was fuzzy until yesterday, when a few key games determined whether the Irish would play in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando or the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. But West Virginia and UConn’s victories, combined with a late-game win by Washington in the Apple Cup, put the Irish on target to play in El Paso.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Miami 15-7-1, with the last game between the two teams played 20 years ago in 1990. The Irish and Hurricanes have never played in a bowl game.

  1. krups06 - Dec 5, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    All things considered I don’t see how things could have worked out better. They get to play in warm weather, comparable payout to their only bowl tie-in, and in a very winnable game against a rival, and keep the Champs Sports Bowl a possibility for the next few seasons. All we have to hope for now is a strong performance to sway a few more big recruits for this class and no injuries for next season. I can’t wait for New Years Eve.

  2. tedlinko - Dec 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Not only that, but the Sun Bowl is late enough (Dec 31) to allow the Irish to use most if not all the allotted practices — which as we’ve been hearing is a big bonus for a team like ND who has a lot of young talent.

    Plus, the Sun Bowl actually has a history. Unlike the Little Ceasars Bowl or the Fight Hunger Bowl (seriously?) the Sun Bowl is actually one of the oldest games — 77 years.

  3. jerseyshorendfan1 - Dec 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Can’t wait to go! Makes me think of this great Marty Robbins tune covered by the Dead

  4. c4evr - Dec 5, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    This will be a great opportunity to see how well we stack up to a fast, deep, and athletic team. They are riding in on a 2 game losing streak – we are on a 3 game winning streak. The only solid comparison is sharing Pitt as an opponent – which isn’t really that solid since the games for both were early on in the season. The put a beat on Pitt on the road while ND struggled at home with the Panthers. Since then, though, the Irish defense has forged an identity while their head coach has been fired. All signs point to a rekindling of a once great and (sometimes not so) proud rivalry. Here’s to hoping they can’t coax Jimmy Johnson out of retirement!!

  5. ndfootballfan4life - Dec 6, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    let’s hope this game is on espn2 or abc…the espn ticker did not show what channel the game would be on, but showed another bowl game on the same day and time to be played on espn

    • papadec - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:13 AM

      I think I saw that it is CBS. ESPN has a listing of all dates/times/stations.

  6. ndfootballfan4life - Dec 6, 2010 at 11:36 AM


  7. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    This will be a great game. It is certainly a better match up than at least 2 of the BcS bowls.

  8. drunkmick - Dec 6, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Actually Notre Dame played Miami in the Japan Bowl in 1979.

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