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Penn State, UCF confirm ’14 game in Ireland

Bill O'Brien AP

There’s been no shortage of Penn State news this weekend, the latest of which has been a long time coming.

An announcement Sunday confirmed what’s been speculated for the past couple of months: the Nittany Lions will play UCF in Dublin, Ireland for the 2014 season opener. The game will be held in Croke Park in central Dublin and will kickoff at 8:30 a.m. ET. The announcement was made Sunday during the GAA Leinster Football Finals at Croke Park with members from both universities present.

PSU’s previously scheduled game against Temple will be moved to Nov. 15.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has been vocal about finding different ways to give his team a bowl-like atmosphere in the wake of the postseason ban handed down by the NCAA. A report surfaced Friday that O’Brien and Penn State may also be preparing to ask the NCAA to modify the sanctions levied against the program.

“We are thrilled to announce that we will play UCF at Croke Park to open the 2014 season,” said O’Brien in a statement. “Our players and coaches are so excited to go to Ireland and play a college football game in such a historic and outstanding venue. I have great respect for Coach [George] O’Leary and his team and playing UCF in Ireland will be a fantastic experience for all the players, coaches and fans.”

Penn State is the first Big Ten school to play internationally since Michigan State and Wisconsin met in Tokyo in  the early 1990’s. However, this will be the first time PSU and UCF have ever played a game outside the United States.

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11 Responses to “Penn State, UCF confirm ’14 game in Ireland”
  1. barkleyblows says: Jul 14, 2013 1:55 PM

    Ped State can stay in Ireland also!!!!

  2. imaduffer says: Jul 14, 2013 2:15 PM

    Don’t know why but I don’t believe I’ll get up at 5:00 in the morning to watch PSU & UCF play football.

  3. mauldawg says: Jul 14, 2013 2:34 PM

    PSU is grasping at straws just to play a game. Who in the hell in Ireland cares. As a mater of fact besides fans from PSU and UCF who cares. PSU is a joke and its starting to show up.

  4. lastdukestreetking says: Jul 14, 2013 4:12 PM

    Wasn’t the game supposed to be a UCF home game? If so then I bet UCF fans may be upset over losing thhis home game. Despite the recent PSU problems, they’d still be a good addition to the UCF ome sched.

  5. phillyphannn83 says: Jul 14, 2013 7:25 PM

    UCF and PSU have BEEN playing each other every year. PSU is NOT a new addition to our schedule. Research before speaking…its a good philosophy.

  6. flyeredup says: Jul 14, 2013 10:59 PM

    The Enabler will watch from down under.

  7. psunick says: Jul 15, 2013 12:42 AM

    Penn State has played UCF twice before this season. 2003 and 2004.
    Hardly every year.

  8. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jul 15, 2013 10:08 AM

    Wouldn’t Notre Dame make more sense?

  9. ninerfan81 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:23 AM

    As a PSU Alum I thought why us as well, I thought the Irish were a better fit but O’Leary was fired from ND after a day for resume fraud, I doubt ND schedules a game with him….also this is a nugget for the guys that wont get a bowl game due to sanctions, one of the reasons they’re still able to assemble arguably a top 15 recruiting class.

  10. tttrojan4life says: Jul 15, 2013 11:35 AM

    This is an end around the sanctions and PSU should not be allowed to play in Ireland.

    PSU is like a cockroach- they are sprayed vigorously, but they keep trying to come back.

  11. pastabelly says: Jul 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    Notre Dame just played a game in Dublin. It’s probably not something they want to do on a regular basis.

    As far as PSU sanctions go, the last thing the NCAA wants to do is modify them. The NCAA really doesn’t want to hear about this again. It’s not as if there are any new facts that would justify any changes.

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