Senior Shamrock Correspondent Steve in Iowa
Confirming the rumors that had been swirling around since last week, ND has officially announced that it is shifting its scheduled home game against the Purdue Boilermakers to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where it will be featured as the 2014 Shamrock Series Game.
Wait… whaaaa? Don’t everybody clap at once.
True, playing “regular” in-state foe Purdue in Indianapolis is probably something of a comedown after traveling to Texas (twice), Maryland, New York and Chicago. The Shamrock Series was originally conceived as a way to showcase the Irish in an inter-sectional matchup on a neutral field against opponents typically not found on the Notre Dame schedule. Most would probably agree–bellyaching about uniforms aside–the Series has been spectacularly successful in this regard. But the new agreement with the ACC is placing a slight, foreign obstruction in the way of that vision. In order to accommodate its ACC commitments ND Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick has already said fans can expect to find more “regular” opponents appearing in Shamrock Series games. Does this mean the Shamrock Series will lose some appeal? Maybe a little, but the rotating schedule of first class venues on a national stage will always have some allure.
— Aaron Horvath (@NDSportsBlogger) December 19, 2013
As for the winner of this year’s Shillelagh Trophy Throwdown? Well that lucky team will get to keep “The Stick” for at least five more years as it was also announced that Notre Dame has dropped the Boilermakers from its schedule until 2020. Somewhere SubwayDomer is crying into his PBR at the thought of losing a trophy game on the schedule.
What do all of you think?