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November 1, 2013

Burke: 'Still working' on ND series

Purdue is close to a deal with Notre Dame on its football series, athletic director Morgan Burke said on Gold and Black LIVE on Friday afternoon.

When asked specifically if the Boilermakers were playing the Irish at Lucas Oil Stadium next season, Burke said, "Jack (Swarbrick) and I are still working. When we announce it, we'll announce a comprehensive look at what we can do."

Burke said he wouldn't be surprised if that announcement happens within the next few weeks.

"We clearly are going to have some changes," he said. "I'm not going to delude people into thinking the status quo is going to be there. But I'd rather present the whole picture."

Currently, the schools have a signed contract through 2014. Dates have been agreed upon through 2021, but that was before the Big Ten opted to add a ninth conference game beginning in 2016 and Notre Dame entered into an agreement to play a chunk of games against the ACC.

There's been an expectation that the series, then, would have to take a break before it could get back in sync for Purdue to reach its desired seven home games in a season.

The Boilermakers still are filling their future schedules out, having an agreement in principle with Missouri but no signed contract.

Burke said he will honor the current contracts, which include a home-and-home with Nevada and three games against FCS programs.

There's a chance that Burke may bend some on the seven-home game stance, though.

"We'll look at some neutral site opportunities," he said. "It's possible you have a six-game home season at some point in this decade that may offset the revenue with a neutral site game. That might be a rebate for our fans, the season ticket prices may be a little bit less."

The full interview with Burke can be watched here, but here are a few other tidbits from the nearly 40-minute appearance:

On whether he's surprised by the 1-6 record in football: "Yeah, I thought we'd be a little better. ... I'm disappointed we haven't shown improvement. The record will take care of itself if we play up to our potential. I thought the way we practiced in the August time frame, I thought we'd be a little bit better. We weren't a confident team at the end of last year. We're still not a confident team. At the end of the day, we've now gone and given these younger guys an opportunity, which will pay dividends later, but it's kind of a bumpy ride now, we know that."

On what he'd like to see the final five games of the season: "I'd like to see these young kids play the well they're capable of playing."

On how he thinks the team has responded behind-the-scenes: "The younger guys haven't been clouded by the past variability, so they're there (focused). I think the older guys want to do it. Darrell's doing exactly what he needs to do right now. His personality going up and down is not going to help. He's doing what he needs to do.

"I don't think the mood is bad. I don't think we've got a contentiousness, but you're playing a lot of young guys. For the future, that's helpful, for the current day, you're going to ride and fall depending on how consistent they are on a particular day."

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