Shamrock, then a break

The Notre Dame/Purdue series will go on a five-season hiatus following the teams' 2014 matchup in Indianapolis.

Notre Dame's annual Shamrock Series game will pit the Irish next season vs. in-state rival Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium. Fans of the 67-season continuous rivalry might want to make the game in Indianapolis destination viewing -- it won't be on either program's slate again until 2020.

Purdue announced today that after a five-season break, Notre Dame will return to Ross-Ade Stadium to take on the Boilermakers in 2020 with the teams meeting one year later in South Bend. After another two-year break, the Boilers and Irish will resume with a home-and-home in 2024-25 before another neutral site game follows in 2026.

Purdue director of athletics Morgan Burke noted that the Big 10's impending nine-game league schedule, in congress with Notre Dame's five-game annual commitment to play ACC foes, limited the longstanding rivalry's chance of continuing on an annual basis.

"Jack and I tried everything we could to keep the series going without interruption," Burke said in a statement. "The series is important to both schools, and we are pleased that we are able to extend it through 2026."

Notre Dame currently has 13 games on its 2014 slate. The Irish are expected to attempt to move either their home matchup with Rice or a November game at Northwestern to a later season. ACC opponents include North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Louisville traveling to South Bend with Notre Dame heading to Tallahassee to take on current BCS No. 1 ranked Florida State, and also playing Syracuse at the New Meadowlands.

Another option is that the Irish face only four ACC teams next season rather than the mandated five.

Rival foes USC, Michigan, Stanford and Navy are set next season as is a rematch with 2013 Shamrock Series foe Arizona State, this time in Tempe.

Notre Dame director of athletics Jack Swarbrick will hold a press conference Friday morning on campus to discuss the team's 2014 schedule.


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