Louisville “fully committed” to a three-game series against Indiana

The University of Louisville signed a three-year deal back in August 2015 to play football at Indiana University starting in 2023.

But in recent weeks, that streak between the two schools has been called into question.

Multiple media reports said Indiana recently called Louisville to discuss the series’ cancellation. U of L athletic director Josh Heird was asked about the situation after the U of L Athletic Association board of directors meeting Friday morning, and he told the Cardinals, “We’re going to play Indianapolis in 2023.”

The game is scheduled for September 16 of next season at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“There’s no opportunity for us or for them to find another game,” Heird said. “I would guess that they look forward to playing this game. We are very excited to play this game. I think it’s a great opportunity for both of our fan bases. I think our student athletes love playing in a professional environment.”

Under the current contract, Louisville is scheduled to host IU in 2024 and the Cardinals would play Bloomington in 2025.

“When you get to that point, you call it home and home,” Heird said. “I have no idea. There are conversations that are constantly being conducted by teams. . . . I know we like to plan these things for the next 10 or 15 years, but they’re always changing. Right now we’re committed to playing 23 and then we’ll see what happens in the future if we collectively believe there’s essentially a better opportunity out there would be the rationale.

“But right now we’ve committed to a three-game streak, they’ve done it too, and that’s where we are right now.”

The two programs are scheduled to be played on September 7, 2024 at Cardinal Stadium and September 6, 2025 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. U of L’s schedule is packed for both seasons. A source told Cardinal Authority last week that if Indiana didn’t meet its contractual obligations in ’24 and ’25, there would be a $1 million per game buyout.

Indiana won the only two previous meetings between the two schools, which occurred in 1985 and ’86.

Louisville ends a season 8-5 and wins Cincinnati in the Fenway Bowl. The Cardinals have a new head coach in Jeff Brohm, who came from Purdue. While with the Boilermakers, Brohm was 4-1 against Indiana.

Indiana is coming off a 4-8 season and is 6-18 the last two seasons.

Louisville’s entire 2023 schedule will be released by the ACC on January 30.

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