Navy, Notre Dame extend football series through 2026

July 26, 2011|By Chris Branch, The Baltimore Sun

The longest continuous rivalry in college football won't be ending anytime soon.

Notre Dame and Navy, who have played every year since 1926, announced Tuesday that they will continue playing the series through 2026.

The schools will meet Oct. 29 in South Bend, Ind., in the 84th edition of the rivalry. Navy won this past year's game, 35-17.

"Continuing this traditional and classic rivalry for years to come has always been a priority for both schools," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a news release.

The 2012 game will be played at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, marking the second time the pair has played in Ireland. Notre Dame Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said in a statement that scheduling Navy long term was of the utmost importance.

"When we've looked at future football schedules for Notre Dame, Navy has always been one of the opponents immediately penciled in -- and this ensures that will be the case for yet another 10 years to come."

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