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December 19, 2013

Purdue-Notre Dame series to take break

Purdue's football series with Notre Dame will take a five-year break after next season's game.

The Boilermakers will play the Irish at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 13, 2014, and the series won't resume until 2020, according to a release from Purdue Thursday.

"Jack (Swarbrick) and I tried everything we could to keep the series going without interruption," Burke said in a release. "But, between the Big Ten going to a nine-game schedule and Notre Dame's affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, it just didn't work out. The series is important to both schools, and we are pleased that we are able to extend it through 2026."

The game in Lucas Oil, originally scheduled to be in South Bend, will be at 7:30 p.m. and televised by NBC. It still will be considered a home game for the Irish, but Purdue will have access to 10,000 seats, twice the normal visiting-school allotment.

Even when the series resumes in 2020, it still won't be will continuous. Purdue will host the game in 2020 and Notre Dame in 2021, but the teams won't play in 2022 or 2023. The series picks up again in 2024 at Purdue, in 2025 at Notre Dame and at TBD neutral site in 2026.

Purdue also announced other schedule adjustments, the most notable among them adding Virginia Tech to the schedule in 2015 for a home game and returning the road game in 2023.

The previously scheduled game against Eastern Kentucky was moved from 2017 to 2016, and the date for the Cincinnati game in 2016 was moved from Sept. 3 to Sept. 10.

As previously reported, Purdue will play Missouri in 2017 and 2018, though there has not been a contract signed.

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