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Syracuse coming to Meadowlands for 3 games

The Jets and Giants say their new stadium at the Meadowlands will be one of the greenest in the country. Now they're adding some Orange.
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The Jets and Giants say their new stadium at the Meadowlands will be one of the greenest in the country. Now they're adding some Orange.The owners of the NFL teams and Syracuse announced Tuesday that the Orange will play Southern California at the new $1.6 billion stadium in 2012 and face Notre Dame in 2014 and 2016.Syracuse will be the home team for all three games."The scheduling of these highly anticipated Syracuse games versus USC and Notre Dame means the best of college football will be in the best venue for football and stadium events," Woody Johnson, Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets, said in a statement.Syracuse first played a game at the Meadowlands in 1979, when the Carrier Dome was under construction, hosting games against Penn. State and West Virginia. The Orange have a 5-3 record in the Meadowlands, including three victories against Rutgers and wins against Wisconsin and West Virginia."This is a tremendous opportunity for Syracuse University to be associated with the New Meadowlands," Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross said. "We embrace the opportunity to play in the New York metropolitan area, which boasts our most popular alumni base ... The stadium is absolutely fabulous and we thank everyone at the New Meadowlands who helped make this opportunity come to fruition."Upon completion in 2010, New Meadowlands Stadium will seat 82,500 fans, including 222 luxury suites. It will be the third-largest stadium in the National Football League and will seat 30,000 more than the capacity at the Carrier Dome."The history of college football at the Meadowlands runs deep, dating back to the Garden State Bowl in the 1970s and Kickoff Classics in the 1980s," said John Mara, President and CEO of the New York Giants. "I am thrilled to continue this long-standing tradition, and to watch it grow at our new home."Once a power in college football, Syracuse has fallen on hard times in recent years. The Orange have not played in a bowl game since 2004 and finished last in the Big East Conference last season and fired coach Greg Robinson.Doug Marrone will have 13 starters returning in his first season as coach.Pete Carroll's Trojans have been one of the best programs in the country this decade, with a run of seven straight Pac-10 titles, BCS bowl games and 11-win seasons.Notre Dame, a football independent and a Big East member in most other sports, has agreed to try to schedule three football games a season against Big East opponents.The Irish have played Syracuse six times, including an embarrassing 24-23 loss last season when the Irish gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns to an Orange squad that had scored two fourth-quarter TDs all season and finished with nine losses. The series is tied 3-3.