Notre Dame schedules first night home game since '90

Notre Dame was able to finalize its 2011 football schedule before the school was able to complete its independent investigation into the death of a student video worker.

And on the Irish’s schedule this coming fall will be the first night home game in 21 seasons. According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame will host USC at 6:30 p.m. CDT on Oct. 22. It will mark the first time they’ve played under the lights in South Bend, Ind., since a Michigan game in 1990.

"While we will do this only on a selective basis, we think it is important to occasionally use the platform of a prime-time game to promote the University and our football program," athletics director Jack Swarbrick said in a release.

"When you look back at the previous home night games we've played, a number of those have been hallmark events in the history of our program. We are confident this year's USC game will continue that tradition."

At some point, the school will have to answer questions about the death of Declan Sullivan, the student who fell to his death while videotaping practice this past season in high winds.

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