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Penn State, UCF game in Ireland becoming a reality?

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien addresses a news conference before his first spring practice as Penn State's head football coach, in Pennsylvania Reuters

Penn State has made no secret it wants to try something different from a scheduling perspective while the Nittany Lions wait out their postseason ban. A game in Ireland has been one of the ideas floating around, and PSU coach Bill O’Brien said the school is “really close” to finalizing something on that front.

All signs point to that game being played against UCF. The Orlando Sentinel reports that school admins recently returned from a four-day trip to Ireland to discuss the possibility of playing Penn State in further detail. While nothing is official, it would appear the two sides are working toward a 2014 date, which would actually be the second game in a home-and-home the two sides are starting this season. The Knights travel to Happy Valley this September for the first game.

If the reports come to fruition, the game would in all likelihood be played in Croke Park in Dublin. An announcement could come as early as next month.

Notre Dame and Navy opened up the 2012 season in Ireland, with the Irish winning 50-10.

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12 Responses to “Penn State, UCF game in Ireland becoming a reality?”
  1. gmsalpha says: Jun 1, 2013 9:59 AM

    Makes sense to play in Ireland with head coaches named O’Brien and O’Leary.

  2. canetic says: Jun 1, 2013 10:19 AM

    Those school admins had to come up with some excuse for visiting Ireland for four days to discuss a possible football game. Couldn’t that have been done over the phone?

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Jun 1, 2013 10:23 AM

    Two words, canetic: Guinness brewery.

  4. canetic says: Jun 1, 2013 11:49 AM

    You make a good point. Suddenly I feel the need to conduct some business in Ireland.

  5. tommy57 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:51 PM

    American-style ‘football’ is very popular in some parts of Europe, despite the lack of NFL Europe success. UK/Ireland are good venues – so is Germany.

  6. fabdeezy77 says: Jun 1, 2013 4:09 PM


  7. thetooloftools says: Jun 1, 2013 6:40 PM

    But will the Paterno family give it’s blessings?

  8. deep64blue says: Jun 1, 2013 7:11 PM

    The lack of NFL Europe success was because we know our football and the second rate play from that wasn’t it!!

    My son and I thoroughly enjoyed the Irish – Navy game and I’m sure we’ll be at this one.

  9. crosberries says: Jun 2, 2013 1:48 AM

    What are the rules on taking little boys over international borders??

  10. queenlivekillers says: Jun 2, 2013 1:39 PM

    Dumb. How about a stateside venue? Why gyp your fans out of a home game and force them to pay $$$ to go see you in Ireland? Dumb. Let Richie Rich and his N.D. Irish alums blow money on a trip to Ireland. Keep it real, remember your fans and play in the U.S.

  11. agc99 says: Jun 2, 2013 6:24 PM

    I wanted to write, did they get approval from the Paterno family but Someone beat me to it.

  12. corvusrex96 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    wow couldn’t drum up a better opponent than UCF ?

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