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Published: Tuesday, 7/21/2009

Remaining UT-OSU tickets on sale Monday

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

The University of Toledo announced Monday that the remaining tickets for the Sept. 19 football game against Ohio State at Cleveland Browns Stadium will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday to the general public at the UT athletic ticket office only.

There will be no phone orders or online orders taken for these tickets.

A limited number of tickets in the $45 and $55 sections remains. Current and enrolled incoming University of Toledo students may purchase two tickets at $25 and additional tickets at full price. A student I.D. is required for all student purchases.

Kickoff is schedule for noon.

Previously purchased priority ticket orders will be mailed in early August. Information is available from the UT athletic ticket office at (419) 530-GOLD.

NEW YORK - Charlie Weis remembered when he met with George Steinbrenner at Legends Field during spring training two years ago.

"I looked at him and said, 'Mr. Steinbrenner, you've got this new stadium going up. I mean, you're not going to have Notre Dame and Army scheduled for your first football game?'" the Notre Dame coach recalled yesterday. "He laughed, first of all. You know, I don't think he's used to people busting his chops too often."

Turns out, the Fighting Irish will play the first football game at Steinbrenner's $1.5 billion ballpark, facing Army in a nationally televised matchup on Saturday night, Nov. 20, 2010.

"It demonstrates a commitment to tradition," Army coach Rich Ellerson said. "I think it's reassuring."

Steinbrenner, always more comfortable in football metaphors than baseball adjectives, played football at Williams College (Mass.) and was an assistant coach at Northwestern and Purdue.

Notre Dame and Army have a long history of playing in New York. They met 22 times at old Yankee Stadium, facing each other annually from 1925-46, except for 1930, and again in 1969 in the 100th anniversary of college football. They also played at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn (1923), the Polo Grounds in Manhattan (1924) and Shea Stadium in Queens (1965).

Army and Notre Dame have played 10 times in the past 40 years, meeting six times at South Bend, once at West Point, plus three times at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (1977, 1983 and 1995).

Notre Dame will be the home team in the 50th meeting between the schools.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has signed a seven-year contract that will keep him with the Hawkeyes through the 2015 season.

Ferentz and the university agreed to the deal in April. It was signed last week.

Ferentz's performance bonuses and his annual salary of $3.02 million won't change under the new contract. But the deal says that Ferentz will have access to a private plane for up to 35 hours of personal use a year.

Ferentz is in his 11th season at Iowa. He is 70-53 with the Hawkeyes, including a 9-4 mark in 2008.



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