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Is $1 million worth not getting a return game from Irish?
Posted Jan 24, 2008 by Brett McMurphy
Updated Jan 24, 2008 at 03:54 PM
Is $1 million worth not getting a return game from Notre Dame? While the University of South Florida will receive $925,000 (almost a million) for playing at Notre Dame in 2011, the Bulls are not getting a home game with the Irish. However, three other Big East schools to be determined will be getting home-and-home series with ND, Irish senior AD John Heisler said.
Should USF had held out until it was guaranteed a home-and-home series or is it better to play at Notre Dame than not play the Irish at all? Louisville was offered $950,000 last year to play at Notre Dame (without a return game), but turned down the Irish. So if USF and UL are out of the mix, then three of the following schools - Cincinnati, UConn, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Syracuse or West Virginia - will be getting home-and-home deals with the Irish starting in 2011.
Also, USF inked a home-and-home with Ball State. Last year I initially reported USF was in discussions with Ball State for a home-and-home series, basically meaning the Bulls would rather schedule a home-and-home series with any non-BCS school not named UCF.
In other USF news in Thursday’s Tribune:
* At this point, the men’s basketball team’s chances of reaching the Big East Tournament after Wednesday’s 80-60 loss to Louisville are slim and none. And slim is shooting 54 percent from the free throw line.
How bad was USF’s game Wednesday? The loudest cheer from USF fans came when Kentrell Gransberry made consecutive free throws in the first half. If the Bulls don’t put together a complete game, they might not win another game this season.
* USF LB Ben Moffitt hopes a solid Senior Bowl will improve his NFL Draft status. The Tribune’s Roy Cummings caught up with Moffitt in Mobile, Ala., this week.
* Moffitt’s wife and sister-in-law have been punished by their respective employers for doing Ben Moffitt’s papers while at work and for filling out paperwork that Ben Moffitt had visited his sister-in-law’s classroom, although he never actually attended.
Ben Moffitt and his attorney will not comment on the cheating allegations.