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Notre Dame, Temple push back 2014 season opener one year

Jul 26, 2013, 3:21 PM EST

Jack Swarbrick

As Notre Dame scrambles to clear a logjam in their ’14 football schedule, news from our friends at CSNPhilly.com give us an update on another big change. With the Irish set to open the regular season against Temple in just over a month, Notre Dame planned on returning the favor with a visit to Philadelphia to play the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. While that game is still set, it’s been pushed back a calendar year to ’15 to accommodate the Irish.

A source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com that Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and interim Temple AD Kevin Clark have agreed to push their game a year, helping Notre Dame out in their first season playing a five game ACC schedule. Temple will now open next season with a trip to Vanderbilt, per the report.

For Notre Dame, that gives a bit more flexibility in a schedule that still needs some work. After the highly publicized barking of ASU athletic director Steve Patterson, the Sun Devils and Irish have kept their date for next season, with Notre Dame visiting Tempe in November.

That still leaves a few deck chairs to rearrange, with games against Rice and Northwestern tentatively set for next season as well, in addition to ACC dates with Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina and Wake Forest. (Syracuse, not an ACC member as well, was already penciled into the ’14 schedule with a game at the Meadowlands.) Notre Dame already received quite a bit of attention for putting their rivalry with Michigan on hold.

Notre Dame doesn’t comment on schedules until they’re finalized, but Swarbrick has openly discussed the challenges of making preexisting commitments work with the new scheduling pact with the ACC. But the move of the Temple game seems like one of the final chess pieces that need maneuvering.

  1. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    That’s great, we’ll have a “Jersey” game in ’14 and ’15 then. I will want to see KA and nudie at my tailgate doing beer bongs. “It tastes so good when it hits your lips.”

    • irishaggie - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      haha i like the old school Will Ferrell reference.

    • andy44teg - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Fill it up AGAIN!!!

  2. 25kgold - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Irish offers 8th grader: http://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/college/notredame/recruiting/article_8953eb84-f59c-11e2-836b-001a4bcf6878.html

    • wisner74 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      I think it’s a bad development for colleges to be offering scholarships to kids who are so young. First of all, this can’t be anything more than symbolic, right? Nothing binding can happen yet.

      But more importantly how are 15 year-old kids supposed to keep their heads on straight? Dylan Moses is about to start high school! I’m not happy to see that Notre Dame feels it necessary to participate in this circus. I know it is apparently advantageous to get in early on kids, but this is ridiculous.

      • nudeman - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Well on this one we agree, wis.
        Makes no sense. Anything can happen to a 14 year old kid – loss of interest, injury, lack of growth, grades, blah blah

        It is a sign of the recruiting times though and there’s no getting the toothpaste back in the tube. This won’t be the last story about recruiting an 8th grader. Until there’s one about recruiting a 7th grader.

      • irishpuma - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        I agree Wise. USC offered a 12 year old…..Bama offered a brother and sister where the sister is not even in 7th grade in order to get the brother. Unfortunately the NCAA is a sham of a shadow organization with no real conscience or vision.

    • shaunodame - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Kid is an absolute stud. He made the Cover of ESPN The Mag recently also.

      Not saying that guarantees any future success, but at the same time ND almost certainly HAD to offer him now, if they want any shot at landing him in the future.

  3. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    They could offer him when he was a fetus for all I care. If he’s a baller, we’d better be in the hunt. Beats being left out in the cold.

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