HUNTINGTON – In the not-so-distant long run, a application located in Virtually Heaven will go to Landing Jesus.
Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick announced Monday that the Thundering Herd has entered into a one-sport agreement to engage in the University of Notre Dame. The conference concerning the two faculties normally takes spot Sept. 10, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
“From the comments I’ve gotten due to the fact the announcement, our lover foundation is really psyched about this sport,” Hamrick mentioned. “If you search at Notre Dame, please inform me a further application with the history, custom, accomplishment that Notre Dame does. It is always been a aspiration of mine to see if one day, Marshall would engage in Notre Dame.”
That aspiration will develop into actuality in the 2022 time when the Herd serves as Notre Dame’s household opener for the time. The Combating Irish open the time on the street at Ohio Point out on Sept. 3 that year. Hamrick was unable to disclose economic aspects for the sport, but included that the agreement with the Combating Irish could develop into Marshall’s greatest one-sport payday in application history.
“Potentially could be, of course,” Hamrick mentioned of the sport. “South Carolina was $1.3 million, but it will be correct there with anything at all that we have ever signed financially.”
The sport will also be noticed nationally on NBC, who is less than agreement to have Notre Dame’s contests as a result of the 2025 time, which provides more exposure to Marshall’s application. Hamrick mentioned that the matchup brings together two faculties with amazing custom and one of a kind storylines when offering Marshall fans a prospect to practical experience the aura bordering one of the most storied courses in school soccer history.
“Notre Dame is quite selective on who they engage in in soccer and, in the conversations I experienced, they were being psyched about enjoying Marshall,” Hamrick mentioned. “I feel that speaks volumes for our application, as perfectly, that they would engage in us.”
The matchup will serve as Notre Dame’s first contest versus a Mountain Point out opponent due to the fact the Combating Irish topped West Virginia 34-24 in South Bend, Indiana, in 2001. Marshall also becomes only the second Meeting Usa team to ever face Notre Dame. The other team is Rice, which has fulfilled the Irish on five situations, the previous time in 2014.
Hamrick mentioned soccer scheduling is one of the most difficult matters he does as an athletic director, but he feels great about the direction that it is shifting, and announcements like Monday’s even more cement his feelings on his scheduling philosophy. Marshall already has one other non-meeting opponent for 2022, a Sept. 17 household sport versus Appalachian Point out, and the Herd will most likely open the year versus an FCS opponent.
Monday’s announcement does provide Hamrick some leeway in conditions of the direction he goes with the ultimate non-meeting sport, on the other hand. Hamrick could try to sign a Electric power 5 faculty to a household-and-household collection and start out on the street or start a further collection with a Team of 5 faculty, which would give the Herd 7 household video games in 2022.
Even though all that is slated for the long run, Hamrick mentioned the enjoyment degree of Marshall’s first-ever journey to South Bend to acquire on Notre Dame must be one that fans relish.
“We’ve been operating on this for a extensive, extensive time,” Hamrick mentioned. “It’s the second sport of the time, we make great dollars, engage in a great opponent, it is nationally- televised and it will assistance us in recruiting. This was a major acquire for us in scheduling.”