Notre Dame, Army to play at Yankee Stadium in 2010

| Saturday, July 18, 2009

NEW YORK -- Notre Dame and Army will play the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium next year, rekindling a tradition that took off after Knute Rockne's "Win one for the Gipper" speech more than 80 years ago.

The teams will meet in 2010, across the street from where they played more than 20 times, a person familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement is next week.

"I think it'd be cool. But the way that park's playing, I don't know if it can hold a 100-yard football field," said Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, a former star wide receiver for the Fighting Irish.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y., reported earlier on the pairing between two of college football's most storied programs.

The New York Yankees called a news conference for Monday. Army is expected to play more games in the future at the $1.5 billion baseball stadium, with Rutgers and possibly Syracuse involved, another person familiar with the scheduling told the AP on condition of anonymity.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the negotiations were far along, but would not acknowledge a completed deal. He said such a matchup would be a home game for the Fighting Irish, meaning it would be broadcast on NBC.

Added Notre Dame senior associate athletic director John Heisler: "We've been talking about playing Army in some way, shape or form, but we just haven't nailed down all the details. Now we're trying to figure out where does Yankee Stadium fit in terms of opponents, years, when and how."

Aikman says college career wasn't complete

Troy Aikman goes into the College Football Hall of Fame with a feeling his school days weren't complete.

It has nothing to do with the fact he didn't earn a degree before he was the first player selected in the 1989 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He filled that void last month when he earned his sociology degree from UCLA. The incomplete feeling comes from losing the two regular-season finales against USC his junior and senior years, costing the Bruins berths in the Rose Bowl both times.

"The one I regret I have on any level is that I didn't lead a team to the Rose Bowl," the three-time Super Bowl champion said. "I think a lot of times in the NFL a quarterback is measured by whether or not you lead a team to a championship. For me at UCLA, it was whether or not you led your team to the Rose Bowl. I failed to do that."

Aikman leads a class of 21 former players and coaches who will be enshrined at the hall tonight. Others being honored include former Oklahoma State tailback Thurman Thomas, 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon of LSU, former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz and former Ohio State coach John Cooper.

Suit seeks OSU stadium game captions

A hearing-impaired football fan wants Ohio State University to offer captioning on the scoreboard and television monitors at Ohio Stadium.

Thirty-two-year-old Vincent Sabino from the Columbus suburb of Hilliard says he can't hear the announcers. A federal lawsuit was filed on his behalf in Columbus last month by the National Association of the Deaf, which charges that the university is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by not providing captioning at all its venues.

Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch said the university is working with Sabino's attorney and understands its legal obligations under the act.

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