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Reports: Georgia-Notre Dame series announcement imminent

Jun 25, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

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News is trickling out of SEC country, with multiple reports saying official word on the Georgia-Notre Dame home-and-home series is imminent.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution cites various reports, with official news of the series coming by the end of the week.

The matchup between Georgia and Notre Dame is hardly new news, with both Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick speaking about a potential game against the Bulldogs multiple times. Both have expressed a desire to get an SEC opponent on the schedule, while also getting into the Atlanta area, fertile recruiting territory for the Irish staff.

The AJC report cites a radio interview with a member of the Georgia athletic department saying an announcement could happen by the end of the week.

Mike Cavan, a special assistant to Athletic Director Greg McGarity and former college football coach, hinted of a “big scheduling announcement” from Georgia later week while appearing as a guest on “The Bulldog Roundtable” radio show on 680 The Fan on Wednesday morning. After the show, its host Buck Belue tweeted that the opponent was Notre Dame.

McGarity has also gone on the record discussing a series with the Irish, reuniting the two proud programs for the first time since the Sugar Bowl after the 1980 regular season.

“I think it’s an opponent we’ve played, what, one time 1980?” McGarity told the AJC. “For our fans to be able to go up to South Bend, and for our fans to see Notre Dame play between the hedges, I think from a national perspective it’d be off the charts, as far as interest, as far as intrigue. That would be something out of the ordinary that our fans would be very, very excited about.”

Notre Dame begins their first season playing an ACC-aligned schedule in 2014, the cause of major restructuring in future football slates. But with a series starting with Texas in 2015, signing up another big program for a series that begins after 2017 sounds about right.

  1. irishmob89 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Texas, USC, Stanford, Florida State, Clemson, Oklahoma, and now Georgia….and people still have the nerve to say the Irish play a weak schedule. With that said, I’m looking forward to this series and the Irish playing a tough SEC team. Hopefully we can get more SEC teams in the future.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      WAIT WAIT JUST A MINUTE ! We can’t recruit with the likes of Florida State , Alabama and LSU yet play a harder schedule. Does that make any sense to anyone ? Even past ND coaches have said winning a NC all starts with the Schedule. These type of games are great for recruiting but based on the talent Georgia brings in I see this as a potential L on our schedule. How about booking Vanderbilt at least we would have a chance at winning some games.

      • mediocrebob - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Notre Dame plays anyone, anytime, anyplace. This is the tradition that cannot be changed. I don’t care about helmets or field-turf or music played rather than just the band. Just because you and most of college football programs are scared doesn’t mean the Irish are.

        Go Irish. Beat everyone.

      • dbldmr - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Wow. I take it that you aren’t a motivational speaker.

      • papadec - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        jg – We? WE? Who is this WE you are speaking of? It sure as hell ain’t ND – because you do not represent ND in any way, shape, or form. Must be the mouse in your pocket.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        SCARED ! HA HA HA ….. From a team that loses to PIT ? Who are you joking. I love Notre Dame but I wish the fan base would slide back down to reality. We have not beat a solid BCS team EVER in the BCS Era. Ohio State – LSU – Alabama…… Sure we can win a bowl game against Rutgers but come on people we have not won “that game” that will truly tell us that we have arrived. And you’re talking about teams being afraid to play us.

      • mediocrebob - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        You’re right John. Which you would think would make it easier for notre dame to schedule the Florida A&M’s of the world with their struggles. But they haven’t changed their philosophy. Anytime. Anywhere.

        And yes. You sound scared. Crawl back under your bridge.

      • mediocrebob - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        And read the initial comment again. Maybe a little slower this time to fully understand. I didn’t say anything about other programs being scared to play the Irish. Programs love to play the Irish bc it’s…notre dame. Marquee game no matter what.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Honestly I am tired of the ” Notre Dame is the bowl game for ____________. We are not in the 70’s or 80’s anymore. Everyone has tv contracts and I would argue that the SEC teams have the best football environment than anyone at this point in time. The SEC Dominates TV Ratings as well. Six teams in the SEC are listed within the highest TV ratings Notre Dame coming in at number 8. Every solid team is a bowl game for everyone. If Pitt played Oregon or Michigan State it would be a bowl game. STOP trying to make Notre Dame the team they were 20 years ago. In addition I would say the reason our recruiting is dropping off heavily is because kids are looking at it logically. 5 years BK has had his time to install his offense and this team is still a 8 win team. We had one super lucky year but Stanford has had way more success than ND. We still do not have a single BCS Bowl Win !

  2. phillipdj - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Alright Golden Domers – Uga fan of 37 years here. We’re excited.
    Just be ready for an influx of Red and Black. We took over downtown Tempe, Boulder and Stillwater (although that last one isn’t hard to do). 30,000 Georgia fans descended on the Arizona State campus – which baffled them. Tell your fine establishments to double up on staff and get ready to hear grown men and women barking like rabid Dawgs.
    It’s gonna be fun! See you in ’17-’18 and best of luck till then!

    • dillonbigred - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Georgia had a ton of fans down at the Sugar Bowl, 3/4 of the crowd was wearing red. The fans were many and loud in the French Quarter. That was a great time and great atmosphere. My niece’s favorite saying for a while was “How bout them dawgs?”. It should be a fun series, although I hope the Irish do better that the Sugar Bowl game.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        Yeah I am sure by then we should have another coach and wondering if we can ever recruit like the big boys. The culture needs to change at Notre Dame in order for us to ever compete at the quality of the mighty SEC. Sorry folks but its the truth.

    • mtflsmitty - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Phillip –

      How refreshing it is to have a fan of another program come to this board, represent himself and his team well, without being a jerk.

      Thanks for stopping in. See you in three years. You’re welcome here anytime.

  3. phillipdj - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Also, it’s been since the last time we played you guys that the nation recognized us as champions, so our emotions will be turned up to…. 11.
    Much respect for your history and stature. You’ll see some Georgia fans who fall in with the stereotypes and goad you. Try not to take it personally. But for those of you who do make the trip to Athens – enjoy how the best college town in America does it, and um… Bring your earplugs.

    • notredameirish1980 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      I was at that game. Georgia fans roundly booed Jimmy Carter when he was introduced. Talk about adding insult to the injury of the recent election loss to Reagan. Regardless, your fans will be welcomed to the most beautiful campus in America and hopefully a remodeled ND Stadium by that time.

  4. irishdodger - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Phillip, you & other Dawg fans will be given the red carpet treatment when you come to South Bend. Irish fans are sometimes too nice, but seriously; you’ll have a a great time. Not saying you won’t encounter a few knuckleheads, but for the most part, Irish fans exude class when welcoming visiting fans.

    • phillipdj - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      I don’t know at what threshold a person without a degree becomes an expert, but I’ve encountered many, many fan bases in my years as a Georgia fan. Truth be told, the only ones who are absolute jerks are the ones in OUR conference. Boise St, Arizona St, Ok St and Colorado (except the Buffalo’s student section) were a pleasure. I don’t expect anything less in South Bend.
      It’s an interesting phenomenon – Southerners are the most helpful, sincere, polite, well mannered people in America – and then for 12-14 Saturdays in the fall they (we) turn into lunatics who wouldn’t brake for an opposing fan if they were in a wheelchair stuck on the interstate.
      That being said, about 75% of Uga fans are incredible. The ones who aren’t are usually the ones who have never had any connection to the University and just like to stir up “stuff”.
      I’ve lived down here since ’84, but spent a year in Indianapolis as a kid. Looking forward to marking this off the ‘ol sports bucket list.
      P.s – are you allowed to climb up Touchdown Jesus? If not, you might wanna post a lot of signs. Cheers!)

  5. phillipdj - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Oh and Notre Damers – I’ll give you some prep on your freshly scheduled opponent. We looooooove Georgia Football. Check this…

  6. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Phillip……you sound like a dude that I could crack a few cold ones and actually watch the game with. So refreshing because usually fans of other teams are the biggest douchers when they come on here. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the games. Sounds like a great opportunity for both teams.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      P.S. you know, the Irish are rumored to be drinkers……..maybe we can redefine that world’s largest cocktail party thing y’all have got goin on down there.

    • phillipdj - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      I have done some considerable and legendary beer cracking, but alas I quit drinking. BUT – I still enjoy sports bars! I just tell the bartender to pour me something that looks like a mixed drink and enjoy the craziness, fit right in!
      I’ll buy a few rounds for my new friends and see which ones are actually Irish!

  7. irishmob89 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    This is what makes college football so great, when loyal and passionate fans from opposing fan bases can come together and have a civil and respectful discussion. Myself along with the rest of you have a deep passion for Notre Dame football. We all know how it feels to cheer on the Irish every Saturday and follow them year around. Phillip has that same passion for the Georgia Bulldogs so it’s cool to learn about Georgia football from him and in return he learns a little bit about Notre Dame and our fan base.

    I’m 27 years old and grew up in Columbus, Ohio (The heart of Buckeye country). I come from an Irish Catholic home so I was introduced to Notre Dame football very early in life. Being surrounded by a different fan base my entire life. I’ve seen first hand how mean Ohio State fans can be. I have to think twice about wearing my Notre Dame shirts in public because some people are down right cruel. But I’ve also come across some very nice and classy Buckeye fans. So I guess every fan base has their share of classy people and bad apples.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Don’t ever run into a Texas Longhorn Fan they might be the worst.

    • phillipdj - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Well I promise you some Uga fan from the way deep southern part of my state will try and “represent” at some point. I know I’m biased, but Georgia fans are pretty classy. My theory is 1) Athens is like no other place on earth 2) Uga campus and a large swath of our fans live in or near Atlanta – an actual metropolitan area. Alabama, Auburn, Miss St, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky…. Not close to any major center of culture. Just a theory, I may be wrong.

  8. johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    As long as we don’t get slaughtered ( Alabama 2012 ) then keep scheduling with the SEC. But I have a feeling by the time the game rolls around we might be having cold feet about winning the game.

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