Notre Dame lost its first Crossroads Classic game last season in the event’s inaugural season, dropping a 69-58 decision to Indiana. The Irish will now likely get a chance at revenge vs. the Hoosiers and play three more Crossroads Classic games, regardless, as today the directors of athletics at Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, and Butler agreed to a two-year contract extension through December 2014.
According to a release today from the University of Notre Dame, Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame, and Morgan Burke of Purdue each signed an addendum to the original Crossroads Classic contract.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse will remain as host site.
In addition to the already planned matchups (Notre Dame vs. Purdue and Indiana vs. Butler) for December 15, 2012, the Crossroads Classic will also tip-off on December 14, 2013, and December 20, 2014.
Because Big 10 rivals Purdue and Indiana will not meet in the event, Notre Dame will likely face Indiana again in 2013 and Purdue in 2014.
Butler and Indiana took last year’s matchups in front of a sell-out crowd and national television audience. Indiana will be the host school for 2012.
Quotes to Note
“Butler University is proud to be a part of this premier and unique event. The competition will continue to showcase our four institutions and their teams in an electric atmosphere in a great venue. Indianapolis is the perfect location for these elite college basketball match-ups!”
– Barry Collier, Butler Athletic Director
“I think very early on you could see the excitement building about having these four programs together at one venue. I think it has quickly become a showcase event for college basketball fans in the state of Indiana.”
Fred Glass, Indiana Vice President and Director of Athletics
“College fans were treated to a great day of basketball last year, and I am thrilled that all four schools have agreed to extend the contract for two more years. Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse proved to be ideal hosts and we are fortunate to be able to partner with them once again. Notre Dame looks forward to building this into not only one of the premier college basketball events in the country, but also into a platform for broader collaboration among four great universities.”
Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Vice President/Director of Athletics
“Purdue is pleased to extend this event two additional years in partnership with Butler, Indiana and Notre Dame. The inaugural year highlighted spirited competition, as well as large and lively crowds. We hope the Crossroads Classic will be a holiday tradition in Indianapolis for many years to come.”
Morgan Burke, Purdue Director of Intercollegiate Athletics