Miami RedHawks football schedule highlited by game at Notre Dame

Miami’s Kenny Young(cq), 3, attempts to get by Cincinnati’s Malik Clements(cq), 24, during the second quarter at Nippert Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Redhawks and Bearcats met in the annual “Battle for the Bell” game, which is one of the oldest rivalries in college football. UC beat Miami 27-20. David A. Moodie, contributing photographer

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Miami’s Kenny Young(cq), 3, attempts to get by Cincinnati’s Malik Clements(cq), 24, during the second quarter at Nippert Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Redhawks and Bearcats met in the annual “Battle for the Bell” game, which is one of the oldest rivalries in college football. UC beat Miami 27-20. David A. Moodie, contributing photographer

Chuck Martin is going home – well, sort of, anyway.

Miami’s fourth-year football coach, whose last job before taking over the RedHawks post was on Brian Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame, will lead his team to South Bend, Ind., to meet the Fighting Irish on September 30.

The RedHawks and the Mid-American Conference announced the 2017 schedules on Wednesday. Miami’s schedule includes six home games.

Miami opens the season with three non-conference opponents, starting with a game at former MAC-rival Marshall on Sept. 2. The RedHawks open their home season against Austin Peay on Sept. 9 and welcome Cincinnati, led by former Ohio State coach Luke Fickell, on Sept. 16 in a game that serves as Miami's Homecoming game and is the 122nd meeting between the two schools.

The RedHawks begin conference play on Sept. 23 with a trip to Central Michigan before closing out the non-conference schedule at Notre Dame on Sept. 30. The RedHawks and Fighting Irish have played once – a 46-0 Notre Dame win in 1909, though Miami bested Notre Dame’s “B” team, 13-0, in 1945.

Following the contest with the Fighting Irish, Miami plays its next six games in the state of Ohio. On Oct. 7, Miami hosts Bowling Green during Family Weekend. Other home games include Buffalo on Oct. 21, Akron on Nov. 7 and Eastern Michigan on Nov. 15.

Additional road conference games include trips to Kent State on Oct. 14, Ohio on Oct. 31 and Ball State on Nov. 21.

The RedHawks return 17 starters from last season. After beginning the year 0-6, Miami rattled off six-straight wins en route to a MAC East co-championship and a trip to the St. Petersburg Bowl. Overall, Miami returns 55 letterwinners from last season’s team.

Season tickets are on sale now. For six home games, fans can purchase chairback seating for $125. Other prices include $105 (general public/bench) and $95 (faculty/staff/band parent). Miami is offering a Family Plan, which includes four season tickets (two adults, two children) for $220, located on the East side of Yager Stadium. Tickets can be purchased online at miamiredhawks.com or by calling (513) 529-4295. A $5 handling fee is not included in the above pricing.

Miami also plans to offer trip packages for the Notre Dame game.

Miami is scheduled to begin spring practice on March 12 and hold its Spring Showcase on April 22 at 1 p.m. inside Yager Stadium.

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