Notre Dame, U-M Will Play Until 2031

NCAA football's greatest rivalry gets a reprieve
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2007 5:01 AM CDT
Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn looks downfield against LSU in the Sugar Bowl football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans in this Jan. 3, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – One of college football's greatest  battles will be fought for another quarter century: the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are slated to play the Michigan Wolverines at least once per season until 2031. A previous contract had dictated the schools, which have played each other since 1978, would cease regularly scheduled competition in 2011.

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr says the rivalry between the two winningest organizations in Division I NCAA history is something "every college football fan deserves." Notre Dame had been unable to resolve scheduling conflicts in the past months, and university officials had expected a two-year break from their Michigan match-ups before reaching a new deal. (Read more Michigan Wolverines stories.)