Four-game series set for Irish and Longhorns

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As discussed yesterday, the four-game series between Texas and Notre Dame is now official.

From the official release:

Administrators at Texas and Notre Dame have been discussing reuniting
on the football field for a long period of time, and now, two of the
winningest programs in NCAA history have been able to work out a
four-game series beginning in 2015, the schools announced on Thursday.
Texas ranks second on the NCAA all-time victory list (845) and Notre
Dame is third (837).

“We have a wonderful relationship with Notre Dame, and (AD) Jack
(Swarbrick) and I have become great friends,” said DeLoss Dodds, Texas
men’s athletics director. “I really admire and respect him and am
excited we were able to pull this off. Texas and Notre Dame have met in a
lot of great games over the years and I was lucky enough to be here for
the series we had with them in 1995 and ’96. Those games created a lot
of interest and we’ve had a number of talks over the years to try to do
it again. Football scheduling is always challenging so we’re happy that
we found a place on both teams’ schedules to pull it off. When you match
up two schools with so much pride, tradition and history, it’s an event
that everyone enjoys being a part of and we’ll all really looking
forward to.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to renew the football relationship between
Notre Dame and Texas,” said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame athletics
director. “History already suggests that this has been an intersectional
rivalry loaded with memorable moments, and I expect fans of both
institutions will eagerly look forward to these matchups on the
respective campuses. We’ve been looking at the prospect of putting
together these matchups for some time, and we hope these games may lead
to further conversations about the prospect of additional contests,
potentially in other sports as well as football.”

The series will kickoff with Texas traveling to South Bend on Sept.
5, 2015. Notre Dame is slated to head to Austin on Sept. 3, 2016, and
again on Aug. 31, 2019. The Longhorns return to South Bend on Sept. 12,
2020.

A quick look at the 2015 schedule reveals quite a meat-grinder, with Texas, Michigan, and Southern Cal making one of the top-heaviest schedules in the country. Toss in dates with Boston College, Purdue, Pitt and UConn already locked in, and it’s clear that Jack Swarbrick has erased just about any element left from the Kevin White school of scheduling. (I could include Navy and Syracuse in that grouping as well…)