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Arizona State, Notre Dame reach deal on non-conference game

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After all the commotion, Arizona State and Notre Dame will play in 2014 after all.

Via azcentral.com, ASU announced a new agreement with the Irish that will keep next year’s game in Tempe, but drop a 2017 trip to South Bend, which was part of the original series; an Oct. 5 game in Cowboys Stadium between the two programs this year is unaffected.

“The key for us was given the proximity of time to the date next year, we wanted to be able to maintain playing Notre Dame at home for our fans and student-athletes,” ASU AD Steve Patterson said. “The Pac-12 was willing to work with us (on the date change). We appreciate their help.

“Any time you go into a new conference like Notre Dame, it poses problems. If we’re going to represent certain standards, we’ve got to abide by contracts. It’s a good thing we were able to work it out for both parties.”

The game will now be played on Nov. 8, 2014.

Notre Dame attempted to get out of the ’14 trip to Tempe because, according to a report from Warchant.com, the Irish’s scheduling agreement with the ACC put Notre Dame against Florida State that year. That required another game to be bumped from the schedule and Arizona State was the odd program out. Understandably, ASU was none too happy about that news — the school had already started promoting the game — and fought to keep the Irish on the schedule.

As of April, ACC commissioner John Swofford said Florida State is still on Notre Dame’s 2014 schedule.

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2 Responses to “Arizona State, Notre Dame reach deal on non-conference game”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 12, 2013 12:13 PM

    Priests vs Devils….

  2. theuglitruth says: Jul 13, 2013 5:22 AM

    ND was scared: tough trip to the desert against a team on the rise…that AZ bunch is going to be solid. They don’t get much national play, but if you track college football like the books in Vegas…you know about them! They have something going there.

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