Rutgers Refuses to Play Notre Dame in Meadowlands

Apparently Rutgers is not as enamored with playing football against Notre Dame as UConn.  Rutgers rejected an agreement to play Notre Dame that required Rutgers to play its “home” games at Giants Stadium, rather than on campus.  Rutgers athletic director Bob Mulcahy had a simple explanation:

“We feel Rutgers’ home games should be played on Campus in Rutgers Stadium.”

Rutgers’ position may have been influenced by the fact that the school is renovating their on-campus stadium for the 2009 season.  However, Rutgers should have no concern with taxpayer unrest as the renovations are being financed by ticket revenues and outside donors, not the school or taxpayers.

On its face, the proposed Rutgers-Notre Dame games at Giants Stadium makes more sense than UConn playing there or at Gillette Stadium.   After all, the games are kept in state and Giants Stadium is only about 40 minutes away, opposed to the 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive that UConn fans will make to see “home” games against Notre Dame.  It will be interesting to see if other schools stand up to Notre Dame, following Rutgers’ lead.  For UConn fans, there should be no buyer’s remorse should the deal be finalized: rather than playing non-conference games against Maine and Rhode Island, UConn will play Notre Dame, one of the most storied programs in football history.



  1. Great post! Thanks…


  1. […] has arrived.  UConn doesn’t need Notre Dame for recruiting, exposure or anything else.  If Rutgers tells Notre Dame that it won’t play “home games” in the Meadowlands, so should UConn.  After all, isn’t UConn a […]

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