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.)