CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein announced Monday afternoon that the game between Notre Dame and Kentucky this season has been pushed back to the next season and has already been replaced with another opponent.
Jon says that Kentucky has added a game against Duquesne to the non-conference schedule this season, which when you put two and two together, that tells you who has filled in the spot of the Fighting Irish this fall.
If we're being completely honest with each other, I have never in my life heard of Duquesne. After wondering who the hell they are, I found out from the great Google that the school is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. "Duquesne first opened as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students and a faculty of six," says Wikipedia. About as big as the still-standing Louisville fanbase, for reference. It continued with, "Duquesne has since expanded to over 9,300 graduate and undergraduate students within a self-contained 49-acre hilltop campus in Pittsburgh's Bluff neighborhood. The school maintains an associate campus in Rome and encompasses ten schools of study. The university hosts international students from more than 80 countries although most students - about 80% - are from Pennsylvania or the surrounding region." The Duquesne Dukes men's basketball team has appeared twice in national championship games in the 1950s, and won the NIT championship in 1955.
While many of fans will see just another no-name team added to the non-conference schedule this fall, remember that the Notre Dame game will still happen, just a year pushed back. I'm not sure why the game was done that way, but it is what it is. Nothing to get excited about, but I don't think its anything to get upset about either. If the Notre Dame game wasn't going to get rescheduled, it would be a different story.
I think we all should take Matt's approach on the news. It doesn't appear that Notre Dame will be very good this year so, in reality, what are we really losing out on?