From today's South Bend Trib:
A story in the Miami Herald this week reported that Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt wants to schedule marquee opponents and would be interested in speaking with Notre Dame about one of ND's off-site games. The off-site games, which begin in 2009, serve as a home game for Notre Dame from a revenue and television rights standpoint, however. And that means a rekindling of the heated rivalry could be difficult to schedule. "Our understanding from the ACC is that their member schools are not permitted to participate unless they can retain the television rights, and that's not really what the format is," John Heisler, Notre Dame's senior associate athletic director for media and broadcast relations, said Thursday. "Our intention was for us to retain the television rights, and in effect, they're already part of our NBC agreement." Notre Dame and NBC last month announced a five-year extension of the contract to televise Notre Dame football home games, running from 2011 to 2015.Playing a home-and-home series may also be difficult. "Between playing three Big East schools, three Big Ten schools and USC and Stanford and Navy, we're already having to take a break with some of those people relative to home-and-homes," Heisler said. "So I think numbers are going to make it difficult with all those things in place as we move forward, at least for the time being." Notre Dame and Miami have not played since 1990. Notre Dame holds a 15-7-1 advantage in the series.
I can live with the fact that the ACC regulates their conference schools playing neutral site games, although I have to believe that there is still a way for ND to be flexible and not take ALL of the revenue from such a game. But for Heisler to come out and say that because we are playing STANFORD we can't pull off a home and home with The U is the most ridiculous statement I ever heard. Did I miss the lifetime contract we signed to play Stanford every year? Please, Mr Heisler, tell me exactly what Stanford brings to the table? Let's see what would get ND coaches, players, recruits, alumni and fans more excited: a home and home with Miami or freaking Stanford on the schedule again. Seriously, sometimes the crap that comes out of the athletic department these days makes me embarrassed to be a Notre Dame alum. Our school is more content to play Stanford every year than go out and schedule a marquee game, and is more concerned with finding a cushy bottom feeder school to play these neutral site games and keep all the money than actually finding a challenging opponent that would attract national attention and make ND football relevant again. It's disgusting.