Navy's Big East move won't affect rivalry

Navy announced Tuesday it would become a football-only member of the Big East in 2015, but a new conference slate won't affect its rivalry with Notre Dame.

The Midshipmen will continue to meet the Irish every year, along with Army and Air Force.

Navy and Notre Dame is the longest, continuous intersectional matchup in FBS football, having gone on every year since 1927.

"It is important to the U.S. Naval Academy, as a premier source for producing the next generation of Naval and Marine Corps officers, that Navy football remains relevant, as well as highly visible on the national stage," Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller said in a statement. "This has proven to be the case over the last decade and it will perpetuate itself with this new affiliation."

Navy beat Notre Dame three out of four years from 2007-10 before this past fall, when the Irish routed the Midshipmen, 56-14. Before 2007, Notre Dame had beaten Navy 43 straight times.

The teams will open next season in Ireland.