UM and ND haven’t met since the 1990 season, but will finally square off – first on October 6th, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago. From there the teams will meet on October 8th, 2016 in South Bend and then November 25th, 2017 in Miami.
“I am excited to announce that the University of Miami has renewed its historic football rivalry with the University of Notre Dame,” UM athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “Not only is it an outstanding opportunity for both programs, but it is great for the sport of college football.”
Kudos to Hocutt for getting this done. There’s been much discussion about the Canes and Irish getting something on the books and the Miami AD delivered on his promise.
While softer programs (re: Florida) continue to schedule Sisters Of The Poor, the Canes continue with their “take on all comers” mentality of yesteryear.
Last year Miami took on powerhouse Oklahoma out of conference and this year travels to both Ohio State and Pittsburgh (with return games in 2011). Florida is on the docket for 2013 and a two-game series with Nebraska kicks off in 2014. Rutgers and Memphis are on future schedules and a home/home with Kansas State appears to be on the books (though rumors have swirled that Wildcats coach Bill Snyder wanted to remove UM from the schedule).
There are also talks for an ACC/SEC match up in Atlanta in the coming years, potentially pitting Miami against defending national champ Alabama.
Years later there “anytime, anywhere, anyplace” mentality is still alive and well in Coral Gables.