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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.

Reader Comments

Por (CHRIS) on January 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

i think it is great for the Bulls to be able to play at Noter Dame. Yeah it would be nice to have a game here and pack the house with noter Dame fans. hopefully by 2011 all our games will be sold out. I think it is a nice recruiting tool for some of the players by giving them a chance to play a game at Noter Dame. I think it will be a great experience for all the Bulls players. To bad none of the current players will be able to be there.

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Por (david M) on January 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

ND is not stupid.  They know that there is a very good chance in 2012 that USF is probably going to be very tough to beat at home.  They don’t want the label of being beat by a school with a football program only around for 15 yrs in 2012.  They will probably play Syracuse, Pitt and maybe Rutgers.  I hope USF waxes them at home and pockets a cool $1 M…Maybe they may even bring back more then $100,000.  The bulls sure can party and spend some money when they travel..GO BULLS

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Por (Eric Thomas) on January 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

A few of our current players will be there, RS-Fr.

At first I wasn’t excited, but didn’t expect such a large payout.

Worth it as we grow.

Go BULLS !!!


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Por (Eric Sachse) on January 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

$975,000 for a one-way game?  Heck yeah!

According to Wikipedia, Notre Dame Stadium cost $750,000 to build, which is less then USF will make of this game.

USF can use the injection of cash, and until the big donors start giving, USF should do this whenever the right team offers enough money.

I have been on the Notre Dame campus, and it has a very fascinating architecture.  The famous “touchdown Jesus” seen from the football stadium end zone, is actually a huge mural on the wall of their library building.  I believe it is supposed portray the resurrection of Jesus.

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Por (Pete Marzon) on January 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

“To bad none of the current players will be able to be there.”

dedadeee the guys that redshirted this past season will be seniors when they travel to ND. i hope ND improves some by then.

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Por (Thomas Kenyon) on January 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I like USF’s decision better than UL’s.

Perhaps this can be revisited in 2017.

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Por (Jose R. Pizarro) on January 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

As great as this experience will be, i think we should f held out for a Home-and-home. While Notre Dame is Notre Dame, they have been struggling lately, and it would not be greedy of USF to ask for that type of series. Instead, one of our rival Big East Schools will get a home game against the irish.

The money is not even an issue. We get plenty from the Big East. We need to start asking for what we deserve. But hopefully that will come with time, we are still young after all.


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Por (Paul Colee) on January 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It is what it is.  There are about 60 other programs in the Bowl Subdivision that would love that opportunity.  We’ll take it. We’ll take the cash.  And we’ll take the win.  The decision is not a mistake.

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Por (Mark Vance) on January 26, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I’m more surprised that ND scheduled this game. For USF this is a no brainer.

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Por (Stephen) on January 28, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What an embarrassment that USF will go play a one and one with Ball State but won’t play UCF.  As a fan of college football in the state of Florida, it is bone head moves like this that will keep USF from becoming a legitimate home team in Tampa.

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