Another one bites the dust: Fighting Irish end series with Boilermakers

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Another Notre Dame rivalry game is biting the dust.

Purdue announced on Thursday that it has joined Pittsburgh and Michigan on the list of teams that usually play the Fighting Irish on an annual or near-annual basis but won't be any longer. Notre Dame's annual game against Michigan State could be the next to fall.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick didn't respond to calls seeking comment, but he is expected to discuss future schedules today. Purdue said the teams, which have played annually since 1946 and 85 times overall, will meet in Indianapolis next season as part of the home games the Irish play each season away from South Bend, then not play again until 2020.

Some ND fans scoff at this being a rivalry, since the Irish lead the series 57-26-2. But the Boilermakers have had some stunning upsets in the series, earning them the title of "Spoiler­makers."

The two schools end the annual game on a more pleasant note than the Michigan series, which also ends next season. The two schools announced in 2007 that they had agreed to play annually through 2031. But on the field before last season's game, Swarbrick handed Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon a letter informing him the school was canceling games after 2015.

The decision to end both series is the result of Notre Dame agreeing to play five games a season against ACC opponents when it joined the conference in most other sports.

Alabama: Backup linebacker Xzavier Dickson and freshman tailback Alvin Kamara, who hasn't played this season, have been suspended and will not play in the Sugar Bowl. Coach Nick Saban didn't disclose a reason for the suspensions.

Baylor: Starting receiver Tevin Reese is getting the cast off his right wrist and said he expects to play in the Fiesta Bowl.

Washington: Assistant Tosh Lupoi says allegations he broke NCAA rules by paying for a recruit's online classes and tutoring are "untrue attacks." The school said it's looking into the allegations against the defensive line coach, first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Another one bites the dust: Fighting Irish end series with Boilermakers 12/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:15pm]


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