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Notre Dame, USC extend football series

Notre Dame's annual football series against USC will not be interrupted by the Irish's commitment to play Atlantic Coast Conference teams, at least for the next decade.

USC announced on its athletic website Wednesday that the Trojans and Irish agreed to extend their rivalry through the 2023 season.

Notre Dame will play at USC in even number years on Thanksgiving weekend, and the Irish will play host to the Trojans in mid-October in odd-numbered years, according to the release.

"Not only are we pleased to be able to extend our storied series with Notre Dame, but we were able to keep the game on the traditional dates of Thanksgiving weekend in Los Angeles and mid-October in South Bend," USC athletic director Pat Haden said in the release.

The Notre Dame-USC series began in 1926.

The Irish defeated the Trojans 22-13 in last year's season finale to complete an undefeated season and secure a spot in the BCS championship game.

Notre Dame leads the series 44-35-5.

Notre Dame has had to deal with how to schedule its traditional rivals since it announced the university will become a member in the ACC in all sports except football and hockey.

The Irish agreed to play five football games each season against ACC opponents as part of the deal to join the conference. Notre Dame becomes a member of the ACC on Monday.

Notre Dame's series against Michigan has already been put on hold after the 2014 game in South Bend as the Irish move forward with their football scheduling.

"It's obvious that we will not be able to maintain every rivalry every year ... getting to California each year is very important to us," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said when the move to the ACC was announced on Sept. 12.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.