Notre Dame To Skip Shamrock Series Game Next Year
Notre Dame's Shamrock Series will "take a pragmatic turn in the years ahead," as it will be "intentionally bypassed" next year, according to Eric Hansen of the SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE. Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick said, "What we’ve discovered is some on-and-off element to it makes the Shamrock Series game itself more impactful. It also finds that balance between being true to our independence and maximizing the home schedule." He noted there will be "periods of two or three years when we don’t have one, and then may have one back-to-back again.” The "refracted vision of the off-site home game concept" -- started in '09 by Swarbrick’s predecessor, Kevin White -- "won’t affect Saturday’s ninth rendition of it" at Yankee Stadium against Syracuse. A '12 agreement signed with Syracuse "predated ND’s commitment to play an average of five ACC games a year." Swarbrick said that in that earlier agreement, Syracuse officials "agreed to move two games from the Carrier Dome ... to MetLife Stadium." The implied return was a "future Irish home game to be moved in the same general vicinity." ND has "played in a Shamrock Series game every year from" '09-16. Last season was "skipped because it was the first season in refurbished/reconfigured Notre Dame Stadium upon completion of the Campus Crossroads project" (SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE, 11/12).