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Irish see no break in playing Purdue


– While Notre Dame is looking at numerous scheduling options and Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick is juggling the new 7-4-1 scheduling model, one thing is becoming clear – Purdue will likely stay on the schedule.

For those thinking the Purdue-Notre Dame game might end up taking a hiatus or changing its format, think again. Swarbrick said Friday he’d like to continue playing the Boilermakers, the Irish’s only in-state football rival, on a yearly basis. Neither Swarbrick nor Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said a deal to continue the series has been formalized.

“The Purdue series is really important to us,” Swarbrick said. “The number of things I’ve been doing in scheduling, I’m trying to make sure we’re very mindful of our history and tradition here. When others in the Big Ten wouldn’t play us, Purdue would back early in our history.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge and not lose sight of that important assist that they gave us at a critical time. We don’t have all the future dates nailed down, but I think the chances are very high that we will continue to play Purdue.”

Notre Dame and Purdue have played yearly since 1946 and first played in 1896 – the Irish’s eighth year of playing football. In that game, Purdue beat Notre Dame 28-22. Notre Dame and USC also began its current string of games in 1946.

Only Navy (1927) has been on the Irish schedule in consecutive years longer than the Boilermakers.

Notre Dame is 52-26-2 all time against Purdue.

“We’re looking at how we may be able to move it forward,” Burke said in a phone message last week. “We’ll work through those in the days ahead. I think we have a lot of respect for them. I think they do for us.”

Stacy Clardie of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.