Could Miami of Florida and Notre Dame really start playing each other again?
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.''
UM and Notre Dame played annually (1971-1985 and 1987-1990) before the
Irish discontinued the series. A Notre Dame student printed ''Catholics vs.
Convicts'' T-shirts before the epic 1988 game in South Bend, Ind., which Notre
Dame won 31-30. UM won five of the past seven meetings and hostilities rose
during and after Miami's 58-7 win in 1985, when the Canes were accused of
running up the score.
Playing Miami is appealing, Swarbrick said, because ``they are two great
academic institutions. We're eager to play schools that share our values.
There's a lot of great history around the games.''
You can only hope that this could get worked out. Frank at UHND just posted a few videos yesterday of the ND and Miami War.