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Team sets 2005 schedule

Matt Lozar | Friday, November 12, 2004

For the second consecutive season, the Irish have moved an October road game to Labor Day weekend.

The Oct. 8, 2005 game between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh was moved to Sept. 3 in a mutual agreement between the schools announced in a press release Thursday.

The game was rescheduled to ensure the teams would play in a nationally-televised contest on a network to be determined.

That game also allows the Irish to play before traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Wolverines, who play Eastern Michigan on Sept. 3.

Notre Dame also announced Thursday the signing of an eight-year contract with Pittsburgh to resume their series in 2008 after a two-year layoff in 2006-07.

The game in 2008 will be at Notre Dame Stadium with the teams alternating as host of the games until 2015.

“The University of Pittsburgh and Notre Dame have a rich history on the football field,” Pittsburgh athletic director Jeff Long said Thursday in a released statement. “We are very pleased to continue a traditional series with roots that date back to the early 1990s. It’s a rivalry both Pittsburgh and Notre Dame fans, as well as college football fans in general, will be excited about for years to come.”

Notre Dame is Pittsburgh’s third-most common opponent of all-time, with the teams playing for the 62nd time Saturday.